Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Making an Exhibition of Ourselves

Come along to see photographs from behind the scenes at the UK's only train building factory, where the good people of Bombardier are building new tube trains for London.

You can talk about pictures online, upload them, leave comments and Google further details, but how about seeing them in-person?

That's exactly what you'll be able to do from tomorrow evening. The graduating shows from many of the photography courses round the country are happening in the next few weeks at the Old Truman Brewery in London's Brick Lane, and the whole graduating class (including me) will be there.

As part of the Free Range set of shows, it gives us a chance to showcase our final project in a proper gallery setting and invite along a wide range of industry people to ask questions, critique and offer advice.

The exhibition runs from Friday 22nd until Monday 25th June (Friday- Monday 10am - 7pm and Monday 10am - 4pm), is free and has a wide range of photography on display.

I'll be displaying the Bombardier Derby and London Underground Neasden S-Stock project, entitled, 'At London's Service'.

Pop along and say hello!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Swindon's Regeneration : Swindon, Works

Swindon's newest artwork gives a salute to the past and a glimpse to the future.

Today's unveiling of the newly refurbished Great Western Underpass gives a real hint of how Swindon has finally begun to embrace it's heritage as a key selling-point.

Along one wall is a set of portraits of rail workers through the ages, right up to the present day. Finished in Great Western green, the images are backlit, creating a dramatic installation piece as you walk between Churchward and Bristol Street. On the opposite wall, in big chunky steel lettering are the words 'Swindon Works'.

The quote from artist Bruce Williams sums it up nicely, "On the opposite wall in gleaming letters read the words SWINDON WORKS, which is the name of the site but could also read as a hopeful slogan for the future."

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Swindon's Regeneration : Does The Uni Dream Start Here?

The bid for funding to set up a University Technical College has been successful and it looks like this is the very first step in Swindon getting a university.

The preferred site for the UTC is the former rail works carriage work buildings that run along London Street.

I had a fish through the station forecourt images and found the above picture, taken from the top of the Signal Point building, showing the buildings and site.

From these unassuming workshops, will Swindon's University dream start from?