Friends group enhance Honiton Station with community art and town map

The Friends of Honiton Station have launched their latest community artwork project at the station.

Local artist Brittany E Lakin created the artwork displayed on both sides of the Platform 1 shed, whilst Honiton Primary School pupils created the artwork on the station footbridge during workshops with artist Alistair Lambert as part of the Wild Escape Project, engaging young people to create artwork inspired by the natural world.   

The new artwork and illustrated town map were unveiled during an event at the station on Wednesday 13 December by the Mayor of Honiton, Councillor Helen Hurford, Deputy Mayor Tony McCollum, and Town Councillors Jenny Brown and Steve Craddock.

The project was made possible thanks to funding from South Western Railway, Honiton Town Council, Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, CrossCountry, and the Community Rail Development Fund.

Martin Long, chair of the Friends of Honiton Station, said: “Honiton Station is important to so many people, and we are very proud of it and all that it tries to do. We believe that the station is the perfect venue to promote and develop community-based art. To that end, we have been delighted to work with a range of partners to bring even more exciting artwork to our station.”

Paula Aldridge, Community Rail Manager at South Western Railway, said: “South Western Railway was delighted to support such a worthwhile project. It’s very important for us that we work closely with the communities around our network to help them make their stations somewhere that both customers and residents can be proud of.”

Richard Gibson, Stakeholder Manager for West and Wales at CrossCountry, said: “This community art really enhances the experiences of using Honiton Station, and we’re delighted to have been one of its supporters. The railway station is a gateway to each community and Honiton can be proud of what its users will now see.”

Keep up to date with future news, projects, and events from the Friends of Honiton Station via their website.

Photo credit: Dave Withey.