Curzon Street Revival


Birmingham City University Visual Communications student, Sarina Kaur, beat off stiff competition to be crowned winner of an art competition marking the arrival of High Speed rail in Birmingham.

The winning design is now on display between the Roman-inspired columns of the former Curzon Street station entrance, giving the world's oldest surviving piece of monumental railway architecture a modern makeover.

The Government announced that Royal Assent had been granted for the new High Speed Two (HS2) railway on Thursday, 23 February, paving the way for construction of the Phase One line of route between Birmingham Curzon Street and London Euston to begin.

HS2 Ltd joined forces with the University in a bid to find a talented artist whose winning design would be reproduced as a centrepiece to celebrate Curzon Street’s important railway heritage and exciting future.

Sarina’s original artwork was praised by the design panel, headed up by Sarah Weir OBE – former executive director of the Arts Council, for its ‘thoughtful combination of graphic and artistic style which references both the beginning and end of Curzon Street's previous incarnation as a working railway station’.

The winning design has been reproduced on to two 8.3 x 4.3 metre banners and is on display on the exterior of the former Grade 1 listed Curzon Street station building, the oldest railway terminus in the world.

Said Sarina Kaur, Visual Communications student, Birmingham City University.

Birmingham City Council leader Councillor John Clancy said:

The Curzon Street design competition was supported by the University’s Graduate+ initiative, which looks to identify and develop students’ experience and build on their skills, enhancing and supporting their employment options when they leave university.

Said Lesley Taylor, Graduate+ Programme Manager, Birmingham City University.

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