Connection points by Fiona Grady at The Art Station

7:00 p.m. on October 26, 2021

A new art installation will bring stained-glass-like colors to an old telephone exchange.

Artist Fiona Grady creates a large-scale art installation for the public at The Art Station in Saxmundham.

“Connection Points” was inspired by the station house, a former telephone exchange building.

It features brightly colored vinyl that transforms the windows of the building into a series of curved arches that look like colored threads weaving through the panes as they intersect, overlap, and connect with the architecture of the building.

The vinyl acts like a stained glass window diffusing light and casting shadows throughout the building.

The building will also provide colored light at night when the building is lit from the inside.

Clare Palmier, Director of The Art Station, said: “We are delighted that Fiona has developed with us this unique, exciting and accessible visual project.

“We have spent the past two years transforming the first floor of the old telephone exchange from a dismal, disused space into the thriving creative hub of The Art Station on Saxmundham High Street.

“Fiona’s vibrant art installation creates its own vibrancy and optimism within and for our community and celebrates cutting-edge contemporary art in everyday rural Suffolk.”

Fiona Grady installs the connection points
– Credit: Emily Richardson

Artist Ms. Grady said: “I am truly delighted to be working on this ambitious large-scale installation at The Art Station.

“It’s great to be able to see my work take up the entire length of this incredible building.

“This is one of the largest installations in which I have used a whole panorama of windows along the side of a large building.

“I did a smaller scale installation done earlier in the year on the entrance windows and I enjoy establishing a working relationship with The Art Station and spending time in Saxmundham.

“I’ve worked mainly in cities like London, Brighton and Wakefield and other cities around the world, so it’s great to bring work to a rural Suffolk market town.

The installation will open on Saturday October 30 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will be open every Saturday until Saturday December 3.

It will then be available for outdoor viewing for the next six months until April of next year.

Norma D. Ross