Panel meeting to whittle down rail art project entries

Scottish Borders Campus, Galashiels
Scottish Borders Campus, Galashiels
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Six textile students are on track to have their designs shortlisted to take pride of place at stations along the new Borders Railway.

Transport Scotland approached Heriot-Watt School of Textiles and Design in Galashiels to run a competition among students to create a public artwork to mark the opening of the railway and also commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley Novels.

A panel of judges met this week to choose the winning designs from more than 90 entries.

Transport Scotland rail director Aidan Grisewood will lead the panel, which also includes Abbotsford director Beverley Rutherford and Mark Parker, director of studies for design for textiles from Heriot-Watt.

Six designs will be shortlisted and an overall winner will receive the honour and lasting legacy of having their commissioned work displayed in stations.

Mark Parker said: “Our students have been working hard on this prestigious brief in their own time over the summer holidays.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the ideas they put forward as I know they’ll be of the highest standard.”

The artwork will be unveiled at Abbotsford next month.