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Photographic Frieze at Great Yarmouth Train Station

Train Station Photographic Frenzi

A 55 metre long frieze of photographs taken by local train enthusiast Mark Potton has been installed at Great Yarmouth Train Station, thanks to originalprojects; a Great Yarmouth based arts organisation.

Mark Potton, who lives in Gorleston, has been photographing trains around the UK for 40 years, and now has a collection of over 20,000 photographs along with many items of memorabilia. He was presenting a small display at a neighbourhood lunch when Kaavous Clayton from originalprojects; met him and discovered this local treasure trove.

When he discovered Mark's collection he wanted to help share it with the people who live here as well as visitors to the town. He discussed the idea of a large installation at Great Yarmouth Train Station with Alan Trett, the station manager, who helped to find a space at the train station to display the photographs. . originalprojects; then commissioned artist Tom Pearman to take the photographs and find a way to display them that would enhance their qualities. Tom has taken the photographs and reflected them to emphasise the vanishing points

The project not only presents the hidden passion of a local individual, it helps to improve the visual appearance and enhance the overall feel of Great Yarmouth Train Station, one of the gateways to the town. 

Thanks to Greater Anglia and everyone involved in the project's hard work this display should be installed in time for the air show.

This project is part of Great Yarmouth EXPO, a project that collects and celebrates cultural artefacts, personalities and customs from the town, and is part of originalprojects;' work for Making Waves Together - part of the Great Place Scheme funded by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered jointly between delivered jointly between Great Yarmouth Borough and Waveney District Councils.

originalprojects received £45,000 to deliver various projects over 3 years. So far they have given new life to an empty shop where they display exhibitions of work that is either relevant to Great Yarmouth or by local artists (including a display of a fake 9 metre long sewer complete with fatberg); presented a conference exploring creative workspaces; worked with 3 local restaurants on a music and gastronomy event that celebrates the Portuguese speaking culture within our town, and have many more plans in the pipeline.

Published 4th July 2018