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Exhibition celebrates invention and hard work at Temple Meads

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 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 displayed on Platform 15.

When Temple Meads Station opened in 1840, William Henry Fox Talbot was busy inventing “photographic drawing” not too far away 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 hand-crafted 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.

The portraits show people working at the station in years gone by, including:

  • David Crafer, who worked in the railway signal boxes for thirty years, and is photographed re-visiting the soon to be demolished signal box at Temple Meads.
  • Joey Stephens, who currently works at Temple Meads and was responsible for getting the Union Jack to fly on top of the station, and is photographed in the disused wine cellars that form part of the network of tunnels under the station.

Photographer Mark Perham commented: “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.”

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.”

Young people photograph ‘I’m a Celebrity’ contestant

Back in 2010, Amy Willerton – model, presenter and current ‘I’m a celebrity..get me out of here!’ contestant – took part in a photoshoot with a group of young photographers at Knowle West Media Centre.

The photoshoot was part of the ProFound Media project, when the young people were exploring issues around body image and representation. They took some professional shots of Amy, then Miss Bristol, including the one below.

Copyright: Nlarge Photography

Copyright: Nlarge Photography

Filwood Opportunities Fayre

Are you recruiting for a skills course or hiring in early 2014?
Is your organisation on the look out for volunteers?
Do you want to raise awareness of your advice or education services South Bristol?

A group of organisations, including KWMC, are collaborating to organise an Opportunities Fayre in Knowle West / Filwood in January 2014. We’d like to invite employers, training providers, voluntary organisations and advice agencies to get involved.

Filwood Opportunities Fayre

Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th January 2014
10am – 3pm (Wednesday and Friday), 10am – 6pm (Thursday)
Filwood Community Centre, Barnstaple Road, BS4 1JP

The Fayre will provide Knowle West residents who aren’t in education, training or employment with information, taster activities and signposting to opportunities within their community and the surrounding area. The aim of the event is to encourage them to take the next step in their personal or professional journey.

Space is limited so please send expressions of interest before the end of 2013. The more visual, practical and interactive you can make your stall the better!

Employers interested in participating in the Fayre should contact Iris Eiting at re:work:
Training providers should contact Louise Hunt at The Park:
Organisations seeking volunteers should contact Sue Mackinnon here at Knowle West Media Centre:

Please direct any other queries to Anita Pearce (0117 908 4248) or Rachel Clarke (0117 353 4609).

Filwood Opportunties Fayre

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