Summer exhibition celebrating railway art comes to Kidderminster Railway Museum

PUBLISHED: 15:47 15 July 2014 | UPDATED: 10:14 17 July 2014

Moonlight over The Tweed by John Austin FGRA

Moonlight over The Tweed by John Austin FGRA

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The Guild of Railway Artists’ annual summer exhibition, Railart 2014, will be at the Kidderminster Railway Museum this August

’The Hook Continental’ by Malcolm Root FGRA shows the diesel headed train waiting to depart from Liverpool Street Station’The Hook Continental’ by Malcolm Root FGRA shows the diesel headed train waiting to depart from Liverpool Street Station

The venue for the Guild of Railway Artists’ summer exhibition Railart 2014 will be the Kidderminster Railway Museum.

The Kidderminster Railway Museum, which adjoins the Kidderminster Town Station of the Severn Valley Railway on Comberton Hill, is a former warehouse built by the Great Western Railway in 1878. It became disused and subsequently derelict in the early 1980s. Since then it has been beautifully restored and it now houses a vast range of railway artefacts, most of which date back to the days of steam travel. It is a hugely valuable and in many cases irreplaceable source of railway related artefacts and information for researchers.

As the museum is situated immediately adjacent to the Kidderminster terminus of the Severn Valley Railway, it is a great opportunity to combine a visit to the museum, the railway and Railart 2014. The Severn Valley Railway also holds several key events, such as the Autumn Gala, during the period the exhibition is being held. The Railart 2014 exhibition is on the upper floor of the museum.

Frank Hodges, the Chief Executive Officer of the Guild, said: “The Guild looks upon the Kidderminster Railway Museum as its ‘home venue’ having exhibited there some ten times since it’s first exhibition in 1994 and is a most appropriate venue for the display of such significant works of art. The evocative pictures to be displayed explore a variety of styles and themes - including day to day life - that will appeal to not only railway enthusiasts but the wider public.”

A northbound train crosses the Royal Border Bridge into Berwick-upon-Tweed headed by a Gateshead allocated A4 Pacific No.60016 ‘Silver King’ during the late 1950s. Philip D. Hawkins FGRAA northbound train crosses the Royal Border Bridge into Berwick-upon-Tweed headed by a Gateshead allocated A4 Pacific No.60016 ‘Silver King’ during the late 1950s. Philip D. Hawkins FGRA

The annual ‘Picture of the Year’ competition will also take place at the exhibition whereby visitors may vote for their favourite picture on show and have a chance of winning a prize. Comments on why visitors like a particular picture and other feedback will be especially welcome. The majority of works of art on display will also be offered for sale.

Formed in 1979, The Guild of Railway Artists was established to forge a link between artists whose interests include the depiction of the railway scene, both heritage and modern. Members of the Guild include full time artists and those who undertake their work in their leisure time. Although predominately oils, acrylics and watercolours, members are known to produce works in pen and ink, pencil, pastel, crayon, gouache, silk screen and even digital. Whilst the Guild exhibits only original works of art, a number of its members do have their works available as high quality fine art prints. Some are available through the Guild web site at www.railart.co.uk. The Guild membership spreads the length of Britain together with some members residing beyond these shores in Europe, the USA, Canada and South Africa.

‘City of Truro at Cockwood’ by Morgan Lewis GRA shows ex Great Western Railway City class ‘City of Truro’ at Cockwood just south of Exeter‘City of Truro at Cockwood’ by Morgan Lewis GRA shows ex Great Western Railway City class ‘City of Truro’ at Cockwood just south of Exeter

The exhibition opens on Saturday August 23 at 2pm and continues until Sunday October 5. Open daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Free Admission. The exhibition is due to be opened by patron Dr Paul Atterbury, who is well known as an author of railway books and as one of the experts on the BBCs Antiques Roadshow.

For more information, visit: www.krm.org.uk

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