Metro Artwork Reveal – A Pop-Up Exhibition

13 October 2022


Four artists have each won a unique commission to create major works for the interior of the Tyne and Wear Metro’s £362m new train fleet.


The artworks will be created by artists Bryony Simcox, Sara Gibbeson, Nocciola The Drawer, and Sofia Barton. And the finished artworks will be on display in our fourth-floor gallery at Newcastle Contemporary Art from Thursday 13th – Saturday 15th October, from 10am – 8pm each day.

This is an exciting moment for Metro as it becomes the first urban transit system in the world to feature permanent art inside trains when the new fleet enters service next year. This was made possible with thanks to a project led by operator Nexus and funded by Arts Council England through its National Lottery Project Grants programme.

The four works the Metro artists create will be reproduced onto the train walls by Stadler as part of the manufacturing process at its factory in St Margrethen, Switzerland. Nexus has ordered 46 trains from Stadler which will transform reliability and the customer experience, cut Metro’s use of high voltage power by at least 30% and allow a higher frequency service across the system.

Metro’s new train artwork – the Big Reveal is a free exhibition open from 10am to 8pm from Thursday 13th October – Saturday 15th October at NCA Gallery, High Bridge Works, 39 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1EW.


For more information about the Metro art project, head over to the Nexus website


For more information about the gallery, visit the NCA Gallery website