Art and Design students are showcasing ‘The Oaks’ artwork in Barnsley Interchange.

The artwork was created in remembrance of the victims who lost their lives in the Oaks Colliery Explosion on 12 December 1866. To create the artwork, students observed a contemporary etching from The Illustrated London News. Each student took an individual piece of the etching and based their drawing on the piece which was matched together to form the artwork.

Student Abbigail Webster, 19, of Darton, said: “The artwork has involved a lot of hard work and I was so proud to see it displayed at the Barnsley Interchange. The whole project was such an amazing and very rewarding experience.”

Head of Art and Design at UCB, Ian Latham, added: “It’s great that South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive has enabled our students to have the opportunity to showcase some of their artwork to a wider audience in Barnsley Interchange. I am very proud of the hard work that the students have put in and would recommend the public take the time to see the artwork.”

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive’s Director of Customer Services, Tim Taylor, added: “We are proud to showcase the work of these talented students at Barnsley Interchange for all passengers to enjoy, and to support this excellent tribute to those who tragically lost their lives at Oaks Colliery.”