Exhibition celebrates invention and hard work at Bristol Temple Meads Station

Tuesday 26th November 2013
A new exhibition celebrating the working life of Bristol Temple Meads opens on Wednesday 4th December - using photographic techniques that are as old as the station itself. 
Reverberations is a series of 12 large-scale portraits commissioned by arts organisation Knowle West Media Centre and part of the Bristol Temple Quarter Commissions project, which aims to engage people with the past and future potential of the city district. The photographs are to be displayed on Platform 15. 

First Great Western’s Station Manager for Bristol Temple Meads Glyn Beck said: 

“At First Great Western we are committed to supporting the communities we serve and are delighted to be able to offer Bristol Temple Meads as a venue to host this exhibition. 

“Over 27,000 passengers a day pass through the station, supported by our helpful and friendly staff. 

“Building on Inky’s installation, and Luke Jerram’s platform 3 sculpture, it is wonderful to once again be able to work with Bristol artists to improve the station environment for all. 

When Bristol Temple Meads opened in 1840, William Henry Fox Talbot was busy inventing photographic drawing at Lacock Abbey near Bath.  His creation of the calotype (or salt print) paved the way for modern photography by enabling images to be reproduced many times.   

Using Fox Talbot’s handcrafted techniques and water from the River Avon, photographer Mark Perham’s portraits reverberate with the unseen energy, rhythms and meticulous graft that keeps Temple Meads running every day. 

Mark Perham said: 
“You can feel the history of Temple Meads station reverberating through everything and everyone. I was fortunate enough to be able to photograph the people who work here and hear their fascinating stories.” 

Melissa Mean, Arts Producer at Knowle West Media Centre, says: 

“The portraits highlight the fact that the Enterprise Zone is far from a blank canvas. It is a place with a rich past and present thanks to the grit, graft and creativity of the many people who live and work here.” 

The opening of Reverberations will take place on Wednesday 4 December at 14.13 on Platform 15.   

For more information on how this work will affect rail journeys please visit our website or call 08457 000 125.