Visual feast of colour at railway artists’ annual exhibition


By Geoff Courtney

THE end of August may be a reminder that summer is on its way out to make way for the mellow hues of autumn, but for railway enthusiasts it is the harbinger of the visual feast of the annual Railart exhibition.

This painting by Malcolm Root, a Fellow of the Guild of Railway Artists, of Class 45 diesel D21 on the Up ‘Thames-Clyde Express’ climbing toward Dumfries, has been submitted for display at the guild’s Railart 2017 exhibition in Kidderminster.

Run by the prestigious Guild of Railway Artists, which has within its ranks some of the country’s, and indeed the world’s, leading railway artists, Railart is a cornucopia of colourful delight that embraces everything from ancient to modern, steam to the latest traction, and from bustling city terminus to remote rural halt.

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Railart 2017 is being held in Kidderminster Railway Museumm at the Severn Valley Railway, the 13th time it has hosted the exhibition. It opens on August 26 and runs until October 1, and admission is free.

Describing the museum as a “splendid venue and an enchanting setting” for the exhibition, Anna Bastin, the guild’s exhibition administrator, said the paintings to be put on display would be chosen by a selection panel the week prior to opening.

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