The last train departed Stepney Station in 1965, but the first arrivals in more that 50 years are soon to appear on the platform as pupils and guests of Stepney Primary School unveil a new art installation for Hull 2017.
The permanent Stepney Station artwork will be unveiled at 2pm on Friday 16 June, on the old station platform next to Beverley Road, Hull.
Having obtained funding from Hull UK City of Culture 2017’s Creative Communities Programme (CCP), which is being delivered in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund; pupils, parents, staff and friends have been uncovering the history of the station and the branch line railway it once served.
Headteacher Paul Browning said: “In February, we spent a week dedicated to listening to local experts who helped our pupils to develop concept artwork and models for a series of permanent steel statues that represent people who either worked or travelled on the railway. Their designs and are being manufactured and installed on the north platform of the station.
“With final designs from Neil Cameron, one of our teachers, the statues have been manufactured by W. Campbell & Son in Harpings Road, Hull, who also produced the St Andrew’s Quay Trawlermen Memorial and the Lissett Air Memorial.
Paul Browning, headteacher, Stepney Primary School
Martin Green, CEO and director of Hull 2017 said: “Getting youngsters, families and schools involved in cultural projects is a key driving force for our Creative Communities Programme.
“The sculptures symbolise the roots and routes of Hull’s residents, depicting the people who used the station for a variety of purposes across its lifetime. It’s an installation that will leave not only a lasting physical legacy of Hull 2017, but also a personal one for the young people from Stepney Primary School, who will have great memories of how they contributed to their city’s time in the spotlight.”
Occupying a prime location beside Beverley Road, these statues will form yet another series of iconic landmarks for the city in this important year.
Prior to the unveiling, groups of pupils will visit the Campbell’s factory to see the statues being manufactured.
It’s an installation that will leave not only a lasting physical legacy of Hull 2017, but also a personal one for the young people from Stepney Primary School.
Martin Green, CEO and director, Hull 2017
A total of £750,000 is being invested in the Hull 2017 CCP programme, which was set up to celebrate, nurture and support local talent and develop opportunities for emerging artists.
The projects range from photography exhibitions to music and food festivals, and from choral and orchestral concerts to audiovisual installations, and see artists, community groups, cultural and other organisations in the city working with people of all ages to create new artistic work and events throughout 2017.