New rail station mural painted by college students brightens Marks Tey station

Published on: Thursday, 3 February 2022
Last updated: Thursday, 3 February 2022

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Above: Isobel Howlett, Charles Hughes and Genesis Smith, some of the Colchester Sixth Form students involved in the project, with their mural at Marks Tey station. Credit: Essex and South Suffolk CRP.

A group of A-Level art students have created a mural to brighten Marks Tey rail station.

The six Colchester Sixth Form students designed and painted a picture of a huge, colourful steam train surrounded by countryside with the Greater Anglia hare emblem in the foreground, to adorn one of the station’s six arches.

The project was funded and facilitated by the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership, who hope to fill the remaining arches with more artwork in time.

The students - Danielle Beckett-Martin, Isobel Howlett, Charles Hughes, Ingrid Kapovic, Genesis Smith, Ellie Tyler and Mae Warner - came up with the design themselves, choosing to focus on a steam train to reflect the era in which the station was built.

The train is pictured moving through the Essex countryside with plants and wildlife that can be found locally painted in the foreground. Red kites - which are now back in Essex after being on the brink of extinction - are flying in the sky. Grade 1 listed St Andrews parish church is painted in the background.

June Povey of the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership, said, “The mural looks fantastic and I would like to thank the college and the students for getting involved and producing such a high quality piece to adorn the station walls.

“I’m delighted that through this project, we are able to highlight the students’ talents to a wider audience, as well as improving the appearance of the station."

Bel Hathaway - Subject leader of Photography and the Arts Committee Coordinator at Colchester Sixth Form College, said: “It was a great opportunity for our students to work together on a project outside of their A Level courses.

“Together they came up with a design for the mural and during lunchtimes and breaks they got together to work on drawing out and painting the mural. Many hours went into the production of the large-scale work; we are extremely impressed with the result.”

Greater Anglia’s Customer and Community Engagement Manager, Alan Neville, said, “This is a great example of the community coming together to improve a public area and, thanks to the talented Art students, the result is excellent.

“I’m sure it will add to a sense of pride in the area and that passengers will enjoy seeing it as they pass through the station.”