Pupils' artwork now on display at Morpeth station

Commuters now have a brighter view when waiting at Morpeth station thanks to a group of talented children.

By David Sedgwick
Thursday, 04 July, 2019, 18:38
Some of Newminster’s pupils with their completed artwork

Pupils at the town’s Newminster Middle School have created large pieces of eye-catching art which have been installed on platform 2, opposite where passengers for Newcastle wait for their train.

The work will also be seen by train passengers heading north and south through the station.

Some of Newminster’s pupils with their completed artwork and with a member of staff.

Completed by the school’s Year 8 art students, the paintings follow the Morpeth in Bloom theme “Between Woods and Rivers We Dwell”, and promote the rich landscape of flora, fauna and architecture found in and around Morpeth.

The school, part of the Three Rivers Trust, was able to complete the artwork thanks to a funding grant of £1,000 from Northern, which was secured by SENRUG, the pro-rail campaign group.

Mrs Jill Woolley, Newminster’s Deputy Head and Art Teacher, said: “The pupils have worked collaboratively over five months to complete the artwork and we are thrilled that our students have been given the opportunity to develop their creative skills and resilience within a real life brief.”

Dennis Fancett, Chair of SENRUG, said: “We are most grateful to Northern for making this award, and to the pupils at Newminster who have clearly worked very hard and with great enthusiasm.

“Improving the station environment through projects such as this is an excellent way to show off our town.”