Wickford rail station waiting room becomes art gallery for schoolchildren’s paintings

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Wickford rail station waiting room has been transformed into an art gallery, thanks to a local school and the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership.

The first exhibition – a series of 16 paintings depicting the sea, painted by Wickford Junior School’s Year 4 class – is now on display and was unveiled by the pupils on 31 October.

The school has agreed to continue to provide art work for the waiting room to create changing exhibitions that will delight rail passengers and visitors to the area.

Community Rail Partnership Officer, Lynda Stone, said, “I am really impressed by the quality of work that the students have produced.

“It has transformed the waiting room into something that we can all be proud of.

“The feedback from passengers has been very positive, with people commenting on how stunning it looks.”

Paul Haynes, Greater Anglia’s Community Partnerships Manager, said, “We were very happy to work with the Community Rail Partnership to facilitate this project.

“The students’ fantastic work has helped to make the waiting room more welcoming and will be enjoyed by everyone who passes through the station.”