Sudbury station to become gallery for local schoolchildren’s works of art

Published on: Friday, 18 January 2019
Last updated: Friday, 18 January 2019

Sudbury rail station is to become an art gallery for a group of local schoolchildren who will hold an exhibition of their work there.

The pupils, aged 11 – 13, from the Thomas Gainsborough School, have been working with the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership and train operator, Greater Anglia, on the project.

The art work – due to go on display later this month - will feature the students’ photography around the theme of ‘Patterns in Nature’ and will be displayed on large poster boards at the station and all along the fence at the station entrance.

Lucy Nichol, Lead Practitioner of Art at Thomas Gainsborough School, said of the project: “I thought that with the railway station being directly opposite the meadows that focusing our photography on 'Patterns in nature' would be really appropriate.

“As a Platinum Level Artsmark school we are full committed to the Arts. Within my role I actively seek to create partnerships within our community to enable students to create, celebrate and exhibit work.”

Jayne Sumner, Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Officer, said, “I’ve been really impressed by the quality of the students’ work and I’m delighted that, working with Greater Anglia, we have been able transform Sudbury station into a gallery of their work.

“The station is the ideal place as the art will be seen by plenty of people and builds positive links between the community, school and station.”

Greater Anglia’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Jonathan Denby, said, “We are very grateful to the Thomas Gainsborough School and the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership for all their hard work, which will create a lovely welcome for passengers at Sudbury station.”