Students get creative to brighten up Nuneaton station.(London Midland)

Mayor Bill Hancox, the members of Art Alert and students at Nuneaton station.(London Midland Image)

Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, councillor Bill Hancox attended Nuneaton station yesterday to formally unveil new station artwork, produced by local students as part of London Midland’s ‘Adopt a Station’ scheme.

The creation of the new artwork follows the adoption of the station by local art group, Art Alert, earlier this year. One of the group’s members and station adopter, Corinne Davies, has been working with students from Etone College and King Edward VI College to create new permanent artwork for the waiting rooms on platforms 1 and 2.

The first piece, created by a group of Year 10 pupils from Etone College, is inspired by the Queen’s visit to Nuneaton station in 1994. Featuring a steam train, the title of the striking design is ‘The Day the Queen Came to Visit the Station’.

The second design, by Gemma Brown, Art Foundation student at King Edward VI College, was created to commemorate the Nuneaton area and its historic train station. The piece features the front and side sections of a 472 steam engine set against historic maps of the London Midland and Scottish railway, and the surrounding area.

The project was also supported by local carpentry group ‘Men in Sheds’, who made the artwork boards and framed the completed designs.

In addition to the artwork unveiling, the inspiring work of the station adoption team was also recognised yesterday with an engraved plaque, presented by Faye Lambert, head of community rail and Neil Bamford, Assets and Fleet Director at London Midland.

Adopter Corinne Davies said:

“We set the creative students from Etone and King Edward VI colleges the task of creating new station artwork in order to increase the participation of young people in the town. As part of the project they worked hard to research the history of the station and used this as inspiration to develop ideas for their pieces. These designs have been made possible by their artistic talents and we are all delighted to see their work now on display.”

Faye Lambert said:

“The artwork at Nuneaton station is a brilliant example of the positive and lasting benefits that station adoption can bring, both for customers and the community as a whole. Congratulations to the students involved for creating such outstanding art – two very different pieces which showcase a wonderful array of creative techniques. The artwork will give the waiting rooms a whole new dimension and will hopefully create a talking point for visitors to the station.”

“Our Art Alert adoption team are an inspiration and are truly an asset to Nuneaton station. Their enthusiasm, combined with the expertise of carpentry group, ‘Men in Sheds’, made this project project possible. Thanks must go to Hollie Palmer, a teacher at Etone College, David Bird from King Edward VI College and of course to the wonderful student artists for helping to make Art Alert’s latest project such a success.”

The new artwork is now on permanent display in the platform 1 and 2 waiting rooms at Nuneaton station.

To find out more about Adopt a Station and how community groups like Art Alert, are making stations a key part of the community, log onto www.londonmidland.com/get-in-touch/adopt-a-station .