Students showcase their art work at Tynemouth station

TyneMet students with the artwork at Thnemouth Station
21 December 2018

Art students at a North East college have found the perfect platform on which to display their talents.

Works by 25 learners at Tyne Metropolitan College (TyneMet) are being seen by thousands of commuters – at Tynemouth Metro station.

An assortment of sculptures, paintings and other works have been positioned within an 80ft-long viewing gallery for the project, which runs until at least Monday, January 28.

No theme was imposed on the 22 first and second year student taking a Foundation Degree in Applied Fine Art or the three part time HNC students.

Instead, course leader Dr John O'Rourke encouraged them to show off work they have created on their classroom programmes.

These include pieces from first year students’ Fine Art Skills module, and for second years, works from their Work Related Learning module, along with additional work.

The opportunity to display was offered by Friends of Tynemouth Station which has dedicated space inside the station’s footbridge for artists to showcase their work.

Dr O’Rourke said: “I was approached about this opportunity in mid-October, so we have all had to work fast.
“I didn’t hesitate to accept, as it’s such a great chance for the students to enhance the vocational aspect of their course.

“The opportunity to display their best work to the many people who pass through the station each day is one we could not miss out on.

“I am always very impressed by our learners’ hard work and imaginative responses to course modules, and this year is no exception.

“It is very important they have these opportunities, and I arrange them each year on the basis of any viable opportunities that come my way.”

He added: “The students have worked very hard in the classroom to develop solid fine art skills in a range of mediums and in their preferred styles, such as representational, abstract, paintings and sculptures.

“Commuters rarely have time to stop and look around, but I very much hope they take a few moments to view these works – they will not be disappointed.”

The display space at the station occupies a central area behind glass within the bridge over the platforms, making it viewable from windows either side.

It is in a position where the public will see the exhibition as a matter of course as they cross the bridge.
As well as busy travel periods, the station also hosts markets on weekends, growing the potential for the works to be seen.

It is the second public display by art students at TyneMet, which is part of the new Tyne Coast College, in the past six months.

In June, 16 learners exhibited work, including a representation of racer Donald Campbell’s famous Bluebird speedboat, at the Beacon shopping centre in North Shields.

The exhibition was attended by Bill Smith, the North East engineer who salvaged the craft from the lake where it crashed in January 1967.

All pieces were also created by students taking the full-time Foundation Degree in Applied Fine Art Practice, or the part-time HNC.

It  was the third time in five years that TyneMet students had displayed their work in the main Northumberland Square area at the Beacon Centre.

TyneMet’s higher education fine art courses last two years, and successful students are awarded an Applied Fine Art Practice Foundation Degree qualification.

Most students progress to a year three-year BA degree at Sunderland University, a built in pathway in which the university validates the foundation degree.

The course, run in a friendly, industrious and creative environment, is popular with students from the age of 18 to 70.

More information on courses is available by calling 0191 229 500 or by visiting

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