Lusername on Flickr: 'Refugee Week - Temple Meads Station'

iWitness, Tom Stoddart


The Pierian Centre & First Great Western,

Temple Meads Station, Bristol



June Burrough, founder of the Pierian Centre, producer John Easterby, and photographer Tom Stoddart and I met at Bristol Temple Meads station in spring 2008 to plan an exhibition of Tom's incredible refugee portraits, for Refugee Week.


Scale and impact were important to us, so, as the largest public transport portal in to the city since 1841, Temple Meads station seemed the perfect venue for the project. Bristol is, and has always been, a home to refugees from all cultures and faiths, fleeing from all personal and political situations, war and other atrocities.


Incredibly, First Great Western approved our proposal to hang huge photo banners along the entire length of the first platform you see on entering the station. We worked up the costs for production and installation of 17 4x4m/sq banners, and I put a successful £10K Arts Council bid together, with input from rest of the team.


The exhibition was enormously impactful, stimulating much contemplation and dialogue about the images. First Great Western calculated that the installation of Tom's hard-hitting images was seen by over 600,000 people.


Now that's what I call an audience!!




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