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A new exhibition of words and images has opened at Stroud and Stonehouse train station, celebrating the railway and the Stroudwater canal. 

The work was a collaboration between one of the GEM Project's partners Creative Sustainability, in partnership with Great Western Railway and the Association of Community Partnerships, along with Park Junior School, Stroud College and people from the local community which included two GEM participants. 

The exhibition was designed to build confidence, create opportunities and develop skills, by providing local people the chance to get creative, have a voice and showcase their work in public. 

The images for the exhibitions were created by Stroud based photographers Ruth Davey and James Kriszyk, photography students from Stroud College and local photographers, including the work of two participants enrolled on the GEM Project. The words and poems that supported the exhibition were written from pupils at a local school. 

Anna Reeves, Navigator Developer at Creative Sustainability comments, 

"Our 2 GEM participants were delighted to go along to the opening of the exhibition and see their work on public display as posters on the station platforms. They have both gone on to do further photography courses and it is likely that they will both be exhibiting work at the Stroud Festival of Nature. I'm hoping that a third GEM participant will also be joining them and exhibiting work."

Creative Sustainability would like to thank Great Western Railway and ACoRP for this opportunity as well as sponsoring the project. 

Stroud and Stonehouse railway exhibition showcases GEM participants' work

by Nikki Davies