Media Invitation - join Ashley Jackson at a train naming ceremony

MEDIA INVITATION – JOIN ASHLEY JACKSON AT A TRAIN NAMING CEREMONY - THURSDAY 20 OCTOBER AT 5.15PM – BRADFORD INTERCHANGE

WORLD-RENOWNED WATER COLOUR ARTIST, ASHLEY JACKSON, PLACES YORKSHIRE ART ON THE RIGHT TRACKS AND BRINGS ART TO THE PEOPLE!

On Thursday 20th October, world-renowned Yorkshire watercolour artist, Ashley Jackson, will make railway history.

For not only will he unveil a Grand Central Railway train in his name, but he will help to launch what will become the first ever ‘art train’ on Britain’s rail network.

As well as carrying his name on the side of the Class 180 high speed diesel multiple unit, this particular train will most definitely be taking Yorkshire art to the people!

Ashley’s passion for Yorkshire – which he describes as his mistress – will be there for all to see, with examples of his work displayed within the carriages of the train.  Even those using the onboard toilets will find landscapes and quotes from his personal sketch book on the backs of doors to help pass those moments of solitude.

Having exhibited all over the world and celebrating his 70th birthday last year, Ashley Jackson has strived throughout his life to make art accessible to everyone.  Due to his down to earth nature he has often been given the title “The People’s Artist.”

In being associated with the exclusively named train, “Ashley Jackson – The Yorkshire Artist,” he said: “This is a fantastic day for art, for Yorkshire, and the country as a whole.  I am thrilled to launch what is the first high speed exhibition space of its kind in the country .  It will allow passengers to enjoy an artistic experience whilst on the move, bringing art into every day life. This will undoubtedly make train journeys more enjoyable and thought-provoking. I hope that through the paintings others will begin to share my passion and enthusiasm for God’s County - Yorkshire.”

Ashley Jackson is renowned for his landscapes, creating unique, evocative and distinctive paintings of brooding moorlands synonymous with Yorkshire.   He opened his first Gallery in 1963 and has since become one of the country’s leading and most successful artists.  

His works have been exhibited worldwide with many adorning the walls of successful and famous people, from politicians to actors, from Princes to former Presidents.  He had his first series on television with the BBC in 1978, which was followed by a second in 1985.

In 1989 he worked with Yorkshire Television to produce “A Brush with Ashley” which was a series of nine programmes spanning several years.   More recently his biography, “An Artist’s Life” was released in 2010 and written by Chris Bond. 

The exclusively named train will operate between the Northeast of England, Yorkshire and London Kings Cross.  It will join a fleet of trains operated by Grand Central Railway.

Tom Clift, Managing Director of Grand Central Railway, said “Our partnership with Ashley Jackson allows us to promote Yorkshire and all that the county has to offer in an innovative way.  Our new-look train aims to bring the beauty of Yorkshire to the people who travel on our trains every day.   Each painting has been chosen for its unique ability to convey the beauty of the landscape.”

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire - the body responsible for attracting tourism to Yorkshire, said “This is a brilliant concept and one which is sure to attract the attention of home and overseas travelers who use the train.  I applaud the enthusiasm of both Grand Central Railway and Ashley Jackson in collaborating to bring another first for Yorkshire.”

Information will be provided on board the train to explain the partnership, which will include a QR scan box for those able to transfer information to their phone.

Grand Central Railway operates high speed services on two routes, linking the North East with London from Sunderland and linking West Yorkshire with London from Bradford.


Notes for editors

More information about Ashley Jackson can be found at www.ashley-jackson.co.uk

More information about Grand Central Railway can be found at www.grandcentralrail.com

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