Transport for Greater Manchester public art
TfGM recognises that public art has an important role to play in community engagement, improving the travel environment and in making public transport more attractive. Since 2003 their public art programme has developed a number of art pieces and projects within and on infrastructure developments; public art has been used to support, promote and engage successfully with local communities on the development of wider public transport network schemes.
TfGM’s infrastructure development and new interchanges provide a real opportunity for local engagement through public art based projects. Working with ArtReach consultants, TfGM obtained funds from the Heritage Lottery in order to expand community engagement with the development of public art reflecting heritage for Stockport and Tameside Interchanges.
Public art by Michael Condron was installed as part of the new Tameside Interchange in 2020. Heritage panels, created with community engagement by artist Tim Ward, were installed on hoardings in Stockport and Tim is continuing to work with TfGM towards creating permanent public art for the Stockport Interchange.
Watch the video to see how the works progressed and hear from the artists.