Tube station exhibition shares local stories and gets people chatting.

A South London tube station is hosting a pioneering exhibition that tells the stories of local people through the work of talented designers and illustrators.

Taking place at Oval Tube station, the exhibition aims to prompt conversations and new connections, and spark curiosity about the stories of those we live alongside.

We hope that the illustrations, quotes and stories will encourage local people to talk with one another and find out how much we all share” said Alice Sachrajda, co-director of Odyssey Stories.

Odyssey Stories has been working in Oval over the past year to connect with local people and listen to their stories. The storytellers range in age from 19 to 102, come from different parts of the world and have many different life experiences. They all share a sense of belonging to Oval and their identities overlap in surprising and interesting ways.

Our daily travels are the time when we are not at home and not yet at our destination,” said Alex Glennie, co-director of Odyssey Stories. “They offer a chance to reflect on our own journeys and those of our fellow citizens. Odyssey Stories is helping transport hubs become spaces that connect people as well as places

Oval Station, just round the corner from the Oval Cricket Ground, works hard to create a sense of community in the local area. It is known for being the first London tube station to set up a ‘Thought of the Day’ board, and the station now has over 36,000 followers on Twitter.

Jason Persaud, TfL area manager of Oval and Clapham North stations said, “Whether it’s the thought of the day board or the book swap or the conversations we have with customers, our goal is to humanise the station and bring the small touches that make it friendly.”

The staff at Oval have created a warm and welcoming environment in the station. “That’s why we’re proud to work with Odyssey Stories. Their posters help people passing through the station to think about each other’s stories and to reflect on how much we all share with one another” said Jason.

More details about the project and the stories shared can be found on the Odyssey Stories website.

The above article by Nisha Kotecha first published on goodnewsshared.com in Jun, 2019.