‘Relics and Rails’ is a new free exhibition of paintings and photographs at Goole Museum by Hull-based artist Syd Young. Opening on Saturday, 14 January, the exhibition will run until Saturday, 11 March.
The story behind the exhibition began around a year ago when Syd’s watercolour ‘Night Fusilier’ was announced as the People’s Choice Award winner of the Museum’s 2022 Open Art exhibition. Following this, Syd was offered an opportunity to exhibit the wider aspects of his life’s work. The result is ‘Relics and Rails’.
Goole Museum Curator Dr Alex Ombler said: “The exhibition depicts the railways and industrial heritage of the East Riding from the late 1970s to the present day. These subjects fired the artist’s imagination as a young creative and developed into a passion throughout his life. Syd’s images capture a glimpse of one corner of Britain at a time of great change, when developments in transport and technology were altering the very landscape around us.”
Syd Young added: “This is my first major retrospective and I’ve focused on two particular interests of mine, which I feel tie in nicely with the aims of the Museum and Gallery to show off the history of our local area.
“There is a mixture of old and newer images, together with a selection of associated artefacts, which both depict how things once were and illustrate their subsequent decline. Visitors can also view a series of photographs of various concerts I’ve attended since 1980, which includes some big names from the music world along with a number of performers from the Hull and East Riding area. All in all, I’m sure there will be something of interest for everyone!”
Goole Museum is located in Carlisle Street and is open:
Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 4pm
Closed for lunch: 12 noon to 12.30pm.