School children and community groups are contributing to a striking new piece of art proposed for the new Tameside Interchange (Ashton-under-Lyne).
The tree-like polished steel sculpture – commissioned using external funding as part of the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) interchange project – is based on public transport maps, with branches and interlinking lines tying in with the heritage theme.
It will feature coloured glass designs that reflect local lives, stories and social history.
Artist Michael Condron has been working with TfGM and Tameside Council’s Cultural Services team to involve local schools, community groups and residents in the project. He has been gathering personal stories, memories, drawings and photos to generate ideas for the glass inserts.
The following groups have been involved: Millbrook Primary School; Corrie Primary School; Broadbentfold Primary School; Stitch in Time group and Knit & Natter group. Additionally Michael talked to visitors to Portland Basin as well as shoppers at Ashton Market.
All the school pupils who have taken part have achieved Arts Award Discover accreditation, achieving 100 Arts Awards.
Tameside Council Executive member Cllr Peter Robinson, who sits of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “This is a brilliant project, involving all age groups in what promises to be an amazing piece of art that can be enjoyed by all and which I’m sure will be a local focal point in front of the new interchange. It will also have a lasting impact on all the children who have explored the borough’s roots and their family’s stories as well as learning new art techniques and skills.”
Once completed, the new interchange will have improved facilities including a covered concourse and seated waiting area, a ticket and information outlet, retail facilities and a café.
Chair of the TfGM Committee Cllr Andrew Fender said: “State-of-the-art facilities at the new interchange will encourage more local people to use public transport and Michael’s artwork will be a great addition to it – it will be there for everyone to enjoy.”
Planning permission for the interchange was granted earlier this year and work is due to start this year. Delivered by TfGM, funding for Tameside Interchange (Ashton-under-Lyne) is being supported by central government through the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal Programme with additional support from Heritage Lottery funding.
If you want to get involved in future events and engagement regarding the art work and local heritage, email Tameside.Interchange@tfgm.com.