Thank you to everybody who came to our exhibition opening and Issue 2 open call launch last night – we had a fantastic evening!

After our exhibition opening downstairs in the main concourse waiting room, we went upstairs for a few speeches by Penistone Line Partnership, ACORP and CrossCountry representatives, a brief artist talk by featured artist Bob Clayden and then some brilliant poetry readings by Dwell Time Co-Curator Lenny Szrama, Issue 1 contributor Rob Clarke and the amazing Emma Bolland. We premiered our new film which will be online shortly.

Issue 2 Open Call is now live and we will upload each submission to this blog as they come in. The Huddersfield Railway Station exhibition featuring Issue 1 artwork, Bob Clayden and Rose Knight’s pinhole camera portrait exhibition entitled Suitcase and Lenny Szrama’s frames poems will remain up as a permanent display.







We installed the show today at Huddersfield Railway Station and a very nearly ready for our event tomorrow!

Dwell Time present a waiting room exhibition of Issue 1 art work and Bob Clayden’s pinhole camera portraits which he took during the Issue 1 launch on Penistone Line Platform 2 of Huddersfield Railway Station.

Dwell Time will also launch the open call for Issue 2 in The Hub of Huddersfield Railway Station.Join Dwell Time artists, curators and partners for a relaxed evening of poetry readings, screenings and discussion.

Issue 2 Open Call:

This exhibition and event are made possible with a YVAN microgrant and a Penistone Line Partnership microgrant.

Dwell Time is an arts publication reflecting on mental wellbeing produced in collaboration with Penistone Line Partnership.

Dwell time: The time a train spends at a scheduled stop without moving. Typically, this time is spent boarding or alighting passengers, but it may also be spent waiting for traffic ahead to clear, or idling time in order to get back on schedule.

For Dwell Time Issue 1 Launch, Bob Clayden and Rose Knight used a custom made pinhole camera in a suitcase to photograph sitters on Platform 2 of Huddersfield Railway Station. This is long exposure photography, using traditional processing of silver based materials in a darkroom and only a pinhole as a lens. This photography is slow, and as far away from the modern day selfie as possible. To be in the picture you have to stay still for around 10 minutes, anyone moving just disappears into a blur.

Dwell Time Issue 1 featured artists: Amber Agha, Anna-Maria Amato, Teri Anderson, Mr Anon, Amelia Baron, Ben Barton, Chloe Belcher, Sue Bevan, Simon Bolton, Alice Bradshaw, Elise Broadway, Spencer Brown, Emma Burleigh, Robert P. Clarke, Bob Clayden, Donna Coleman, Klara Cservenka, Paula de Sousa, Lita Doolan, Eddy Dreadnought, Oliver East, Roderick Huw Evans, Donald Falconer, Ben Gaffrey, Sue Gardiner, Vanessa Haley, Laura Harris, Andy Hollinghurst, Hannah Honeywill, Brian Horton, Janice Howard, Janina Karpinska, Saima Kaur, Brian Kielt, Mel Kirkham & Yasmin Baddley, Mary Lee-Slade, Alison Little, Nicolette Loizou, Christopher Marsh, Nick Maynard, Patti Mckenna-Jones, Gill Melling, Nazanin Moradi, Cynthia Morrison, Diane Murphy, Ben NCM, Debbie Nicholson Wood, Henry Noyes, John O’Hare, Susan Plover, Laura Potts, Greg Przybyszewski, Andrew Pullan, Bobbi Rae, Tania Robertson, Damian Robin, Katya Robin, Robert Roth, Amy Rowe, Robert P Ryan, Rachele Salvini, Rebecca Saunders, Jessica Russo Scherr, Julie Shackleton, Richard Shields, Lucy Simm, Marnie Simpson, Jackie Smith, Michael Szpakowski, Lenny Szrama, The Train Lady, Danny Verno Smith, Victor, Kate Walter, Brain Webster, Dan Weatherer, Emilia Wilson, Jon Wilkins.

Curated by Alice Bradshaw, Vanessa Haley and Lenny Szrama in collaboration with the Penistone Line Partnership.

Dwell Time

Penistone Line Partnership



Dwell Time attended the first South Square Wellbeing Weekend in May and interviewed some of the practitioners and visitors to the event. These audio interviews are now on our Youtube Channel:

Interview with Alice Withers

Interview with Amanda Maud-Hewet

Interview with Lucy Barker

Interview with Lucy Scott

Interview with Rebecca Poppleton

Interview with Yvonne Carmichael

Interview with Bryony Pritchard & Rosie McAndrew

Interview with Cathy Richie

Interview with Hannah Hatchman

Interview with Judy Foody

Interview with Cat Scott


This started off as an invite by Sarah Smizz to present a short piece at their upcoming Phuckuppery event in Sheffield discussing failure and, with a little nudge, I honed in on mental health as an arts practitioner. I feel this is a really important and under-discussed issue and that it was important to hear other people’s experiences of working in the arts. With the work I’m doing with Dwell Time, this seems an ideal platform to discuss and share experiences. It’s now turning into a mini research project under the Dwell Time project umbrella and will most likely extend beyond the short piece I’m presenting in a few weeks. Although I/we really value face to face conversations, we also really want to hear from people who we might not get to talk to in person so we made a short survey and would love to hear from you


Yesterday met with Huddersfield Railway Station manager and have confirmed our YVAN microgrant exhibition will open Thursday 18th July, 6:30-9pm as a permanent display in the main waiting room until they need it for something else (for perspective their outgoing show has been up since 2015!). We’re planning to mount each page of Issue 1 and frame some of Bob Clayden’s pinhole camera photos (positives and negatives hung together). We can also use an upstairs private space at the station for a performance/screening/drinks event to launch the show and double up as an Issue 2 open call launch and are currently working on a schedule for that. Invites/press release to be issued in due course but please put that date in your diaries :)

These are some of Bob’s photos made in a suitcase on Platform 2 of Huddersfield Station during our Issue 1 launch event They have about a 10 minute exposure time so the sitter has to take this ‘dwell time’ to show in the photo. The more blurred figures have had less ‘dwell time’ such as the one of the railway staff member stood by the train who was called away on duty only minutes into the exposure dwell time.