Staffordshire University students make art a moving experience

Photography students Kyle Gibson, Amy Chapman, Dave Mullaney, Lora Gibson and Harriet Denson with Faculty of Arts Dean Ann Parry and Stoke station manager Karen GrimshawPassengers at Stoke station can browse contemporary art while they wait thanks to an exciting partnership between Staffordshire University and Virgin Trains.

Students from the Faculty of Arts, Media and Design proudly showed off their photographic work at an unveiling attended by the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent Bagh Ali and Staffordshire University Deputy Vice Chancellor Paul Richards.

The idea for ‘The Waiting Room’ was conceived after Virgin Trains contacted students from the University’s BA(Hons) Photography course to take part in a project that would enhance the station environment.

Kyle Gibson, Amy Chapman, Dave Mullaney, Lora Gibson and Harriet Denson’s work is on show in the first class lounge and waiting room on platform one.
Further work will be unveiled throughout 2008, including ceramic pieces and jewellery produced by arts students.

Faculty director of Arts, Media and Design, Helen Chapman, said she was delighted with the new relationship.

“We want to continue to show work on a monthly basis,” she said.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to build links with the community in Stoke and it allows our students’ work to be enjoyed by a large audience.”

Stoke-on-Trent station manager Karen Grimshaw described the collaboration as ‘unique.’

“The photographs show the station during its day-to-day activity. I’m really pleased with the quality of the work and it’s clear a great deal of hard work has gone into the exhibition.”