Art in Transition

12 Sep 2015 – 31 Oct 2015

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Art in Transition presents Smiths Row’s vision for a new arts centre based primarily at Bury St Edmunds' Railway Station.


This proposal advocates for an exciting new use for the redundant Station Master’s House as a dynamic gallery, studio complex and community space. We imagine a new, innovative model of an arts organisation, which uses the railway as a catalyst for exchanges between local communities, artists, artworks and passengers between Ipswich to Cambridge.

The landscape of how people experience the arts is changing, as is funding for the arts. Our vision anticipates the impacts of these changes and the opportunities it presents. We imagine a forward thinking arts organisation for the Eastern region, driving contemporary creative practice and encouraging new visitors to the town of Bury St Edmunds and beyond.  

This exhibition provides a narrative of the train station’s past, an overview of the historical relationship between art and the rail industry and gives a context for wider development and regeneration contained within the Station Hill Master Plan.

It invites you to share your memories, offer you feedback on the proposal and contribute to discussion about the shape of a new arts organisation. From our initial research, these questions further invite us to consider what kind of town we want to live in now, in the future and how this be achieved through working together. 

We are grateful to Derek Manning for his archival material and to Bury St Edmunds Past and Present Society for allowing us to reproduce an image from the Spanton Jarman Collection.


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