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Artists on track to display work

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

PASSENGERS at Ipswich railway station had the chance to spend a few minutes appreciating the work of some of the region's most talented young artists.

The exhibition was created by a partnership between Anglia Railways and Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, which won cash investment from the Arts & Business national New Partners scheme.

PASSENGERS at Ipswich railway station had the chance to spend a few minutes appreciating the work of some of the region's most talented young artists.

The exhibition was created by a partnership between Anglia Railways and Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, which won cash investment from the Arts & Business national New Partners scheme.

Seven of the 25 arts graduates selected through Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery's second annual survey of up and coming artists in East Anglia displayed their portfolios and original works in one of the station's new retail units overlooking Platform 2. For many, it was the first opportunity to publicly exhibit their work.

The graduates have also received advice from business organisations and more experienced artists about taking their work into a commercial environment.

Other artists will be exhibiting at Norwich Station tomorrow, while posters of all the artists' work are on display in train carriages across Anglia Railways' local network.

Peter Meades, Anglia Railways' public relations manager, said: "We hope that as people pass through the stations they will take the time to visit and enjoy the exhibitions. We are pleased to be able to offer customers and staff a unique opportunity to experience art during their normal working day through this innovative partnership."

Arts & Business said the partnership "captured the essence" of the £6 million government-backed New Partners scheme.

Padrika Tarrant, one of the graduate artists displaying work at the station, was full of praise for the initiative.

"I think it's wonderful that industry is taking an interest to try and enrich all our lives. It's also really nice to hit the ground running straight after graduating, as often young artists can be plunged into an artistic vacuum after finishing their degree," she said.

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