Art project aims to create eye-catching look for train station

The Friends of Seaton Station have succeeded in arranging for a step to be fitted to one of the platforms at the station to bridge the gap between platform and train. Pictured is group president Paul Screeton.
The Friends of Seaton Station have succeeded in arranging for a step to be fitted to one of the platforms at the station to bridge the gap between platform and train. Pictured is group president Paul Screeton.
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VOLUNTEERS are working with rail bosses and art students to make a station more welcoming.

The Friends of Seaton Station group hope to provide a series of eye-catching works of art to improve the appearance for rail users.

The volunteer group has teamed up with Hartlepool’s Cleveland College of Art & Design campus and project partners will meet to discuss ideas later this month.

Paul Screeton, chairman of the Friends of Seaton Station, said: “We have a project for additional artworks to be displayed at the station, there’s a mosaic there already.

“We are currently liaising with Northern Rail and Hartlepool College of Art and Design for the fine arts students to create a series artworks to enhance the platforms’ appearance.

“All being well FOSS, which has received money from Seaton Ward councillors for this project, will be able to make the halt a more attractive place and also display local artists’ creativity.”

Members of the friends group will put their ideas to students from the art college, led by lecturer Jonathan Chapman, at a meeting on, March 25.

Sarah Kennedy, unstaffed stations manager for Northern Rail will also be there.

Five years ago, youngsters from Holy Trinity Primary School and Seaton Carew Nursery made a colourful mosaic for the station by working with professional artist Gemma Cummins.

At their last meeting the Friends of Seaton Station said a fond farewell to its originator and founder chairman, Peter Gowland.

Following a presentation the Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency stalwart accepted a life presidency from the group.

The friends meet every two months to discuss service developments and suggest improvements to the station’s environment.

New faces and particularly younger people are welcome to join.

For details email chairman Paul Screeton at screetonpaul@gmail.com