Local communities collaborate on artwork for new Translink York Street Train Station

Translink has been working in partnership with Golden Thread Gallery and Arts and Business NI (A&BNI) to deliver creative community arts projects that are set to have an impactful presence at the new York Street Station currently under construction in North Belfast.

The new station, an exciting regeneration project, will see the transformation of the current train station facilities, combining cutting-edge passenger amenities with a vibrant urban landscape.

Working directly with local community groups from the York Street area through a range of creative sessions and workshops following the innovative theme of ‘Journeylines’, the groups are collectively engaged in celebrating the local area and showcasing the vital connections that can be made to people and places both locally and right across NI by train. Alongside the community inspired artworks, the station will also feature a vibrant new piece of public artwork by Belfast based sculptor Kevin Killen, thanks to support from Arts and Business funding.

Michael Holmes, Translink Programme Manager welcomed the on-going engagement,

“Through this unique collaboration using the expertise of our arts facilitators at Golden Thread Gallery and A&BNI, we have been able to harness the power of art and community engagement. By inspiring meaningful participation, we want to give the community ownership through the opportunity to shape the surrounding development and create a unique sense of place for those living and visiting the area.

“The initial creative concepts will be incorporated into decorative steel panels creating an innovative façade that celebrates the local area and showcases a cross section of iconic landmarks, views and places specific to local train journeys promoting their interconnectedness and accessibility from York Street Train Station.

“Construction work on the new station is progressing on schedule and we look forward to unveiling the novel art projects as the project advances.’’

Sarah McAvera, Deputy Director of Golden Thread Gallery said,“At Golden Thread Gallery, we are passionate about creativity and making art accessible for everyone. Through this collaboration with Translink, supported by Arts & Business NI, we’ve been reaching out to our local communities, capturing their stories and inspiring creativity. We’ve also been delighted to commission a brand-new piece of public art by renowned artist Kevin Killen, which will connect and uplift visitors from near and far. The bold new sculpture entitled ‘Journeylines’ will be based on light drawings, which were created on journeys from the station and represents the possibilities of travel and our own journeys through life. We can’t wait to see the piece unveiled to the local community and wider public early next year.

‘‘We’ve also had some fantastic engagement at our creative workshops and art drop-in sessions from local residents, Ulster University students and local community groups from Sailortown Regeneration Group, New Lodge Arts, New Lodge Youth Club, Mount Vernon, Tigers Bay, The Hubb, Shore Road, Duncairn and the Serenity Club and more. During these sessions participants have been sharing their memories, ideas and personal stories that centre around their connections to journeys and places. We’ll be showcasing their artistic talents when the station opens its doors in early 2024.”

Speaking about the creative collaboration, Brona Whittaker, Head of Arts, Arts and Business NI commented, “We are proud to support this innovative project between A&BNI members Golden Thread Gallery and Translink, which connects communities and celebrates local creativity. We are looking forward to seeing the artworks unveiled and artist Kevin Killen’s transformative new work, which will help tell a vibrant narrative for the station and its surroundings, inspiring a sense of belonging and uplifting travellers for the journey ahead.”

For more information on the project please visit www.translink.co.uk/Yorkstreetstation