Art at Cullercoats Metro Station
30 August 2011

A local photographer’s sun-drenched images of Whitley Bay are on display at Cullercoats Metro station.

Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is displaying the works by Paul William Llewellyn Jones as part of its Art on Transport programme.

The six images went on display just ahead of the August Bank Holiday, when tens of thousands of visitors will pass through Cullercoats Metro and other coastal stations on their way to the beach.

The work, Whitley Bay in Colour, is inspired by the idea that Whitley Bay retains the spirit of its glory days as a seaside resort, not far below the surface.

Paul, who is from Whitley Bay, says of the work: “If you listen hard you can hear the sound of fun and laughter still filling the air, reminding us of times gone by.

“The breathtaking landscape still stands bold and the haze of the sun still dazzles the magnificent buildings and beaches. Whitley Bay has never lost its bright, colourful past... you just have to look a little harder to see it.”

The images are on display on Platform 2 at Cullercoats as a temporary work in a triptych of poster cases.

Huw Lewis, Head of Communications for Nexus said:  “Paul approached us and we were immediately struck by the striking colour and atmosphere of his work.

“We had an opportunity at Cullercoats where there is a space for temporary art, and I am delighted on this occasion we have been able to work with a local photographer.”

Nexus manages a portfolio of more than 40 permanent artworks at Metro and bus stations throughout Tyne and Wear, as well as assisting artists with temporary commissions.

Details of all the works can be found at www.nexus.org.uk/artontransport

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