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St Pancras International railway station has once again selected work by a Nottingham Trent University alumnus for its second major temporary public art installation.

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St Pancras International station has selected work by David Batchelor, a NTU alumnus

St Pancras International railway station has once again selected work by a Nottingham Trent University alumnus for its second major temporary public art installation.

Casting a rainbow of colour across St Pancras International, Chromolocomotion has been created by Nottingham Trent University alumnus David Batchelor. It is the second installation commissioned by HS1 Ltd, St Pancras International's owners, as part of the Terrace Wires series which sees art suspended nine metres above the station’s platforms.

Chromolocomotion follows Lucy and Jorge Orta's hugely popular Cloud: Meteoros in welcoming the station’s national and international visitors. Lucy Orta also studied at the university, where she completed her BA (Hons) Knitwear Design course in 1989. She was also awarded an honorary Master of Fine Art degree from the University in 2007.

Scottish artist David Batchelor is famed for his arresting sculptural installations that marry colour with material leftovers of modern life – from factory scrap to disused or broken domestic items. This latest piece is the largest single artwork to occupy the space under the iconic Barlow Shed roof.

David graduated from his BA (Hons) Fine Art course in 1978.

He said: "I was very happy to make a work for St Pancras, in part because it is such a wonderful building, and in part because the station has played a significant part in my life at least since the mid-1970s. Back then, trains from St Pancras took me to Nottingham from my home in Hertfordshire when I was a Fine Art student at what used to be called Trent Polytechnic."

Nicola Shaw, CEO at HS1 Ltd and Terrace Wires head judge, added: "It is an honour for the station to display such a unique piece of art from a celebrated artist. David is widely known for his wall and floor mounted works of art so undertaking a project of this size was a real challenge."

Both David and Lucy exhibited work at the Nottingham Trent University's alumni exhibition Since 1843: In the Making which was held at its Bonington Gallery to celebrate the city's 170 years of art and design heritage.

Ann Priest, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Art, Design and Built Environment, said: “This year, as we look back at 170 years of art and design heritage in Nottingham, we are also looking forward to the future opportunities for our current students and graduates. It has been fantastic to see the success and achievements of our graduates, and have evidence of the transformative nature of art and design education. It makes us particularly proud that both those artists who have been commissioned as part of the Terrace Wires series are part of our alumni family.”

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    David Batchelor

    • Batchelor’s work comprises three-dimensional structures, photographs, paintings and drawings primarily centred around his long-term interest in colour and urbanism. By mixing a diverse range of everyday items with industrial products - often found from scouring the streets of London - his work celebrates the beauty of everyday objects that is often overlooked or ignored.
    • He has exhibited widely in the UK, continental Europe, the Americas and more recently, Asia. Recent exhibitions include Flatlands, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh/Spike Island, Bristol (2013/14); Magic Hour, Gemeentmuseum, The Hague (2012); Chromophilia: 1995-2010, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro (2010); Backlights, Galeria Leme, São Paulo, (2008); Color Chart, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008) and Tate Liverpool (2009); Unplugged, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (2007); Extreme Abstraction, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York (2005); the Biennial de Santiago, Chile (2005); Shiny Dirty, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2004); the 26th Bienal De São Paulo (2004); Sodium and Asphalt, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2003); and Days Like These: Tate Britain Triennial of Contemporary Art, Tate Britain, London (2003).
    • Batchelor has also written extensively on colour; his publications include Chromophobia (2000) and The Luminous and the Grey (2014). David Batchelor was born in 1955 in Dundee, and lives and works in London.

    Terrace Wires

    • Situated under the Grade 1 listed Barlow Shed, Terrace Wires throws a spotlight on world-class public art.
    • This year’s installation is Chromolocomotion by David Batchelor.

    170 years of art and design

    • The School of Art & Design at Nottingham Trent University is one of the most established in the UK. With educational roots dating back to the formation of the Nottingham Government School of Design in 1843, it has long been a dedicated hub for creative talent in the city. Mindful of this heritage, and the importance of creativity, arts and culture for the future, we are taking the opportunity to celebrate Art and Design education in Nottingham with a calendar of events throughout 2014.

International platform for artistic alumni

Published on 12 May 2014
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