Oaks Colliery tribute artwork arrives at Interchange

Oaks Colliery Explosion, Barnsley Interchange, University Centre Barnsley

University Campus Barnsley (UCB) Art and Design students are showcasing ‘The Oaks’ artwork in Barnsley Interchange.

The artwork was created in remembrance of the victims who lost their lives in the Oaks Colliery Explosion on 12 December 1866. To create the artwork, students observed a contemporary etching from The Illustrated London News. Each student took an individual piece of the etching and based their drawing on that piece, then all the drawings were put together to form the whole design.

Student Abbigail Webster, 19, of Darton, said: “The artwork has involved a lot of hard work and I was so proud to see it displayed at the Barnsley Interchange. The whole project was such an amazing and very rewarding experience.”

Head of Art and Design at UCB, Ian Latham, added: “It’s great that South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive has enabled our students to have the opportunity to showcase some of their artwork to a wider audience in Barnsley Interchange. I am very proud of the hard work that the students have put in and would recommend the public take the time to see the artwork.”

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive’s Director of Customer Services, Tim Taylor, added: “We are proud to showcase the work of these talented students at Barnsley Interchange for all passengers to enjoy, and to support this excellent tribute to those who tragically lost their lives at Oaks Colliery.”

Photograph: From left to right: Students Angela Lewis, Alice Firth, Abbigail Webster, Luke Roberts, Head of Art and Design Ian Latham and Barnsley Interchange Customer Service Manager Mark Simpson in front of the new artwork