Picture this: Commuters receive illuminating experience at train station hub

PASSENGERS using the train at Stalybridge station are used to seeing the light after the opening of a new outdoor exhibition.

ArtRail Curator, James Walmsley by Christian Dyson’s works

The 13 shots by photographer Christian Dyson are reminders of the inaugural Mossley Light Festival in 2016, which is now one of Tameside’s must see attractions.

The eye-catching images were hung prior to the second Light Festival which wowed thousands of people last November.

They replace the popular paintings by Mossley-based artist Chris Cyprus, who was recently a guest on BBC TV’s evening magazine, The One Show.

However, Chris’s works will continue to be displayed at Mossley train station.

This new artwork is a collaboration between Light Festival producers Global Grooves and ArtRail curator James Walmsley in conjunction with Action Stations, a partnership project transforming stations into community hubs.

The project, funded by Transport for Greater Manchester, aims to enhance stations, stimulate local pride, and create a sense of community ownership.

Linda Reast from Customer Services, Stalybridge Service

Exhibition photographer Christian said: “I am a lover of colour, people and light and how the energy of people transform an environment from grey to technicolour.

“Global Grooves and the Mossley Light Festival do all of these things in abundance. I always find something unique to shoot in these green and purple hills.”

The new exhibition can be found on the walls of the walkway linking the reception area with the Manchester bound train platform.

Chris’s works will be temporarily returned to the Vale Community Arts Centre in Micklehurst before a decision is made on their future.


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