Student artistry enlivens Lewes Station

Lewes train station, Sussex Down College Art on the Line exhibiton'Visual Arts students
Lewes train station, Sussex Down College Art on the Line exhibiton'Visual Arts students

The launch of Art on the Line at Lewes Railway Station last week signalled a promising start to a partnership between Sussex Downs College and Southern Railway.

Heralded a great success by those in attendance, four mini galleries were unveiled containing a collection of artwork from students at the college in Lewes.

The galleries are contained in four recently refurbished waiting rooms at the station spanning platforms 2, 3, 4 and 5. They were brought to life thanks to carefully selected work by Sussex Downs College students who originally hail from more than 15 different schools across the county.

Art on the Line is part of Southern’s plan to introduce contemporary art to its stations to promote local emerging artists and enhance the commuter experience for its passengers.

Plans are now underway for the next installment of the project to be rolled out at Eastbourne Station featuring work from students at the Eastbourne campus of Sussex Downs College. It is then hoped the project will extend to Seaford and Newhaven stations.

The collaborative aspects of the project reached further still, with Sussex Downs College students from the East Sussex Academy of Music performing at the launch and flower arrangements by floristry students from the Lewes campus.

Sherry Russell, Head of Sussex Downs Lewes College, said: “We are grateful to Southern for having the vision that has enabled us to make this concept a reality. But most of all we are glad to have the opportunity to demonstrate the wealth of talent that we have in our community and that we are able to nurture at Sussex Downs Lewes College. It’s such a pleasure to see the quality of work produced by students that have joined us from a wide range of schools across Sussex.”