Liverpool Hope University and Virgin Trains in partnership to celebrate students’ artistic achievements

Liverpool Hope University and Virgin Trains have joined forces to present a unique exhibition celebrating the talents of young artists in the city.

The exhibition opened on Friday 19 August 2011 and is housed within Liverpool’s Lime Street Station First Class Lounge, and provides a great opportunity for Liverpool Hope’s up-and-coming artists to showcase their work and celebrate the partnership between the University and Virgin Trains.

Final year students studying on Bachelor of Design (BDes) or Master of Arts by Creative Practice programmes at Hope have submitted outstanding ceramic, silver and textile pieces which are available to view and purchase.

Colin Barratt, Virgin Trains’ Driver Depot Manager for Liverpool has developed the company’s relationship with Liverpool Hope. Colin said:

“In Virgin Trains we pride ourselves on supporting the communities we serve and we are delighted to be working with Liverpool Hope.

“Many Hope students and their families are regular travellers with us and we look forward to developing other collaborative initiatives with the University. Through a greater emphasis on regional working, we aim to forge even closer ties with other partners on Merseyside too.”

Hope graduate and freelance artist Sara Devereux-Ward has recently designed the vinyl nameplate wrap for the high-speed ‘City of Liverpool’ Pendolino. This distinctive design will be viewed by thousands of rail travellers and has been a great design opportunity for Sara.

Those travelling though Stafford Station will also notice an imposing banner promoting the University and the city.

With the strap line ‘A new destination ahead’ the artwork draws heavily on images of the city’s famous landmarks, including Penny Lane and the new Echo Arena, and is a great advert to study at Liverpool Hope.

Professor Bill Chambers, Pro Vice Chancellor External Relations at Liverpool Hope said:

“Liverpool Hope University is excited by our partnership with Virgin Trains. Virgin’s support for work placements and for showcasing the work of our creative art students on the Pendolino trains, at Stafford Station and here at Liverpool Lime Street is greatly appreciated.”

Liverpool Hope students may also benefit from much sought-after work placement opportunities at Virgin Trains.

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