sculpture for the Tameside Interchange
Journeys artwork for the Tameside Interchange

Celebrating Tameside's transport heritage.

These public artworks by Michael Condron were completed in August 2020 for the opening of the public transport interchange in Ashton-under-Lyne.

The style of the artworks is based on a modern public transport map.

Glass disks within the artwork are moulded and etched with images of people and places from past to present. These images were created by local schoolchildren following artist engagement with residents, groups, students and schools.

As well as the main sculpture there are two wall artworks inside the building. The first is spark-shaped, and is dedicated to the poet Francis Thompson who lived in Ashton from 1864 to 1885.

Indoor artwork on east wall

Images within the artwork are inspired by his poem The Hound of Heaven. You can read the whole poem here.

The second wall artwork is made to give a sense of progression, with images representing different forms of transport throughout the ages.

Indoor artwork on west wall


Detail showing six of the etched glass


Michael worked with many local people to develop ideas and to produce the imagery for the glass disks. With thanks to:

Broadbent Fold Primary

Clarendon College

Corrie Primary

"Knit & Natter" group at Tameside Central Art Gallery

Millbrook Primary

Portland Basin Museum

"Stitch in Time" group at Tameside Central Art Gallery

Tameside History Forum

Tameside Local Studies & Archive Centre


The artworks were funded by Transport for Greater Manchester and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.