Artists tasked with creating winning designs for Hartlepool railway station

Hartlepool Rail Station
Hartlepool Rail Station

Students and graduates of a Hartlepool college are being urged to get creative in a new competition to find new works of art to go on display at the town’s railway station.

Cleveland College of Art and Design’s Hartlepool campus is running the contest in partnership with tourism chiefs at Hartlepool Borough Council.

Six hundred thousand visitors pass through the station each year so this is a fantastic opportunity

Councillor Kevin Cranney

Six winning designs will be chosen to replace out of date posters from the 2010 Tall Ships Races that are currently on show at the station.

The competition is open to CCAD students, staff and graduates.

Organisers say the new designs should be modern, have a railway theme and promote six different destinations within the town.

The winner will receive £500 and their name will also appear on the large display boards, plus the possibility of the images being used on Grand Central trains.

Patrick Chapman, of Cleveland College of Art and Design, said: “I would encourage CCAD students, staff and graduates to enter this exciting competition.

“Hartlepool is such a great place that there are so many possible destinations to promote in the six designs.”

The competition, which runs until the end of November, is being financially supported by a number of Hartlepool councillors, the college and Grand Central Rail.

Councillor Kevin Cranney, chair the council’s Regeneration Services Committee, said: “Six hundred thousand visitors pass through the station each year so this is a fantastic opportunity for a CCAD student, member of staff, or graduate to showcase their talent.

“This competition also complements the Coast project which was launched in the summer to raise the profile of what the town has to offer as a tourist destination.”

The Coast project includes an impressive mural at Hartlepool Railway Station and a bespoke tourism film played on a widescreen TV.

Artists should submit six designs by Wednesday, November 30.

A winning set of designs will be chosen by Hartlepool council leader Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher in consultation with CCAD and Grand Central Rail.

For more details about the competition or to enter, contact Patrick Chapman on (01429) 858430 or email patrick.chapman@ccad.ac.uk.