Portsmouth artist wins competition to have painting displayed at London station

WINNER Jessica Taylor in front of her artwork Calling At...
WINNER Jessica Taylor in front of her artwork Calling At...

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AN ARTIST from Portsmouth will have her work permanently on show in London after winning a national competition.

From Friday Blackfriars station’s new south bank entrance will display Calling at... – a picture by Jessica Taylor, winner of the London Lives competition.

The competition was backed by Network Rail, First Capital Connect and the Bankside Gallery.

Jessica said: ‘Ever since I was little London has played a huge part in my love for art.

‘It’s an amazing honour and privilege to be given the opportunity to contribute towards the great relationship between art and the capital, especially in such an important year for London.’

The new entrance is the first to be built on the south bank for 120 years and Paul Byrne, senior programme manager for Network Rail’s rebuild said: ‘Its new entrance serving the south bank and Bankside connects Blackfriars to the capital’s cultural heart, making it just as much a destination for gallery day-trippers as well-heeled city folk.

‘Jessica’s superb work of art, displayed in the south station in perpetuity, is symbolic of these new cultural links.’

Angela Parker, director of the Bankside Gallery said: ‘It is so exciting to see Jessica’s striking work displayed in this impressive new station entrance.’