Fun with Fungi at Handforth Station

For the next few months, the ceramic fungi can be seen in the Art In A Box display managed by the Friends of Handforth Station (FoHS).

The artwork comes from the students at the Seashell Trust in Cheadle Hulme, who use touch and sensory work to make expressive items under the creative nurture of Art Teacher Lauren Mullarkey.

Lauren said "We have really been welcomed by the Friends, who have displayed our art work many times at the station. The lifts which are due to be installed will mean all of our students will be able to access the platform to travel. We are excited to be a part of the station's renovation, which will be
taking place in tandem with our site's massive transformation here at Seashell."

The FoHS set up Art In A Box in 2014, by converting two unused bike lockers and equipping them with lighting.

Jenny Barnes, the FoHS Arts Coordinator, said "We maintain a constantly-changing programme of displays from local artists, schools and other groups. This supports the local community by providing – for free – a stage for their art."

Over the years, the Art In A Box lockers have hosted plastic fish, Christmas lights, soldiers silhouettes, messages from the homeless and much more.

Recently, FoHS has received funding from Transport for Greater Manchester to involve the Seashell Trust in the upcoming lift infrastructure design work. Plans are being discussed to incorporate new "Avocado Seats" and illuminated flagpoles into the designs for the station.

Jenny added, "We didn't think that anything could be more delightful than our Geraldine the Giraffe who dazzled station users in 2017, but the toadstools have done it. Out of the Darkness is well worth a visit and very uplifting."

Friends of Handforth Station, Handforth Station