Local artists create stunning murals for Manningtree rail station

Monday, 16 July 2018

A group of artists from local charity, Acorn Village Mistley, have created ‘Murals for Manningtree’ which are now on display at the town’s rail station.

The group - Catherine, Morag, Becky, Andrew and Louise - researched local areas of interest, visited the sites and discussed their experiences to give them inspiration for three murals that would welcome rail passengers to Manningtree.

The murals are now on display on both sides of the underpass and next to the lift, to be enjoyed by the thousands of people who pass through the station.

One side of the tunnel the mural shows a train and local points of interest, such as Colchester Castle, Willy Lott’s Cottage and Mistley Towers.

The other side is an abstract view of the Stour River with a poem created by the Acorn artists.

The mural at the lift shows famous ship, The Mayflower, which was built in Harwich, and the artists’ self-portraits.

During the project, the artists also worked with the Essex and South Suffolk Rail Partnership to learn more about the railway, including using ticket machines and rail safety.

The project was funded by ACoRP, Greater Anglia, the Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership and Essex County Council.

Community Rail Partnership Officer, Terri Ryland, commented, “The murals are absolutely stunning. The artists have created high quality work that is bold and colourful and really brightens up the station. I think when people see the murals it will put a smile on their face and hopefully encourage them to visit some of our beautiful local places of interest.”