Community Rail Lancashire has been successful in a bid for funding for an artwork project on Preston station footbridges. The grant has come from the Community Rail Development Fund managed by the Community Rail Network.
The project in partnership with Avanti West Coast who manage the station will see CRL commissioning an artist (Karen Allerton) to work intensively with a core group of young people to create and install 18 x panels featuring the richness of Preston’s heritage and culture. The core group will be mentored by Karen Allerton to not only develop bespoke artwork but support her in facilitating additional creative workshops with two local college groups.
They will be involved in all aspects of the liaison, planning and design elements of the project. This would suit young people who are interested in a career in community led public art projects and would give them an invaluable introduction into the multifaceted requirements of the role, providing an opportunity to work alongside an experienced community artist and support the running of the art workshops at other colleges.
Katie Musgrove, an Education Officer with CRL said; “Having worked with Preston Station’s Community Champion (Millie Woodhead) to brighten up the entrance area with some beautiful hanging baskets we are thrilled to have been awarded funding from Community Rail Network to bring the history of the city, station and people to life along the main footbridges. Community artist Karen Allerton will be working with young people from the area to explore this historic station and the city of Preston to create new artwork for all to enjoy and learn from.”
The Community Rail Development Fund is a pot of money provided by the Department for Transport and managed by the Community Rail Network. The fund is available for accredited CRPs to help with their projects.