Students from seven Eastbourne Schools celebrated the launch of their personal artwork at the new Art on the Line project at Eastbourne train station last week.
Selected artwork has been printed onto 1.3m banners, which are suspended from the station ceiling throughout the station for the general public to admire.
The refurbished passengers’ lounge has also been included, with framed pictures being placed across the walls.
Art on the Line and Southern Rail are supporting the project to display the high calibre artwork that is produced by the Eastbourne Schools Partnership.
Eastbourne Schools Partnership is an alliance of secondary schools and colleges across Eastbourne consisting of Cavendish School, Eastbourne College, Moira House School for Girls, Ratton School, Sussex Downs College, The Causeway School and Willingdon Community School.
Art on the Line is an award winning initiative designed to enhance the commuting experience with artwork, illustrations, photography, poetry and literature by artists in the community.
It is wonderful that so many people from our community are willing to work together with such enthusiasm to produce opportunities like this for the youth of our town.Mayor of Eastbourne, Janet Coles
Working with Southern Rail, Art on the Line also provides a much needed platform for emerging talent to showcase their work.
Each of the participating schools has a double-sided banner, showcasing their students’ artistic talents.
All the artwork used to produce the banner displays in the concourse is part of a vast collection of outstanding work produced by students of varying ages from all the above schools and colleges based on the theme of ‘Faces and Places’.
The launch of the project was supported by Eastbourne mayor Janet Coles, who visited Eastbourne Station to view the work on display.
“It is wonderful that so many people from our community are willing to work together with such enthusiasm to produce opportunities like this for the youth of our town,” said the mayor.
“Art on the Line is an inspiring idea and the benefits will impact on everyone who visits or lives in Eastbourne.”
Trudie Godfrey at Cavendish School said, “Special thanks for initiating this project must go to Sarah Evans, Southern Rail, CSR & Partnership Manager, Graham Thrower, Southern Rail, Station Group Manager, Mark Epsom, Southern Rail, Area Manager, Nigel Allyson-Ryan, Sussex Downs College, and Linda Salway, Eastbourne College.
“Eastbourne Schools Partnership would like thank Identity Signage for printing the art work, Sam and Isabella Friedman of Bella’s Secret, for supplying all the refreshments, all the art teachers, headmasters and school liaisons for making this project possible and congratulations to all the student’s whose work has been displayed.”
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