A new photography exhibition, The Motorway Service Station as a Destination in its Own Right, is now on show at Edge Hill University Arts Centre.

Inspired by celebrated British poet Simon Armitage’s 2011 poetry pamphlet of the same name, Sheffield’s Bank St Gallery commissioned the exhibition to coincide with Sheffield Poetry Festival, and The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University is only the second venue to exhibit the photography.

Photographers involved include Si Barber, David Barnes, Andy Brown, Simon Carruthers, Richard Chivers, Andrew Conroy (with the collaboration of Simon Armitage and Ian Baxter for the soundtrack), Alex Currie, Jessa Fairbrother, Sam Mellish, Andrew Robinson, Tribble and Mancenido.

Some chose to work using the title alone as a starting point, navigating maps of their own design, while others explored connections they’d made with Armitage’s poems. The result is an intriguing exhibition of contemporary photography, inspired by the same source but producing a very different set of responses.

Roy Bayfield, Director of Corporate Communications at Edge Hill University said: “This eclectic exhibition brings some challenging and beautiful work into the Arts Centre. It is fascinating to see the range of creative responses to Simon Armitage’s poetry. Our collaboration with Bank Street has been highly rewarding and we look forward to further collaborations in the future.”

The Arts Centre houses the University’s Performing Arts Department and the Rose and Studio Theatres and hosts a diverse range of high quality professional productions, including comedy, dance, drama, literature, music and family-friendly shows, designed to entertain students as well as local and regional communities.


Exhibition – The Motorway Service Station as a Destination in its Own Right

Until Saturday, 28th June 2014, 5:00pm

The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 4QP