ANOTHER Tamworth bus shelter has been given a colourful and artistic makeover, this time thanks to service users and staff of the George Bryan Centre.
The shelter, outside Tamworth Railway Station, has been brightened up as part of an ongoing project to regenerate the station and to enhance the view that greets visitors as they step off the train.
It also adds to Tamworth Borough Council’s Catch Art project, which has now seen nine bus shelters across the town being given colourful new makeovers by local children, schools and community organisations, with the help of Vic Brown of Art Recruitment Tamworth.
This latest transformation was funded by Tamworth Borough Council in partnership with Arts for Health. It was delivered by a number of organisations working together, including Arts for Health, Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team, the George Bryan Centre, part of Midlands Partnership Foundation NHS Trust, Art Recruitment Tamworth and local artist Andy Nash.
Andy, who teaches art and design at South Staffordshire College, visited the George Bryan Centre in Mile Oak to work with people who use the centre’s services to create original artwork which was then transferred onto panels and installed in the bus stop by Art Recruitment Tamworth.
The designs represent iconic images of Tamworth, as well as aiming to illustrate how it feels to be supported by family, friends and hospital staff during times of crisis.
Helen Wilson, Arts for Health Project Worker, said: “This fantastic project enabled participants to be part of a local community project that will be regarded as a piece of public art. This gave them the opportunity to work with a professional artist and learn new skills, as well as boosting self-esteem. The completed panels look grand and colourful in the bus shelter and we’re very proud of what has been achieved.”
The bus shelter complements a large and striking mural, designed by South Staffordshire College Art and Design students, which has been installed on the front wall of the station. Both the mural and the new-look bus shelter are part of a longer term regeneration project at the station involving a number of different agencies including Network Rail, London Midland/ West Midlands Railway, CrossCountry, Tamworth Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council, Tamworth Samaritans, Arts for Health and South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Cllr John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said: “This is a wonderful piece of public art created by adults who use the services provided at the George Bryan Centre and it really helps to brighten the front of the station. As well as being part of the wider regeneration work, it also links to the fantastic Catch Art project, which was part of the Arts in Unusual Spaces initiative devised by our Arts & Events team with funding from Arts Council England.
“Seven shelters were initially brightened up with this funding in a bid to bring art to unusual spaces and corners of Tamworth and to encourage more people to get creative. It’s brilliant to see the project’s legacy is living on and inspiring others to get involved with the addition of another two bus shelters. The station shelter looks amazing and credit must go to all those involved in bringing it to life.”