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Mural unveiled at Leamington Spa Station

Heart of England Community Rail Partnership (CRP) has worked with Leamington-based artist Emily Pettitt to produce a new mural for Leamington Spa Station, to celebrate the Commonwealth Games taking place in the Midlands this summer.

Passenger numbers are expected to increase with the recovery of rail post Covid-19 and, with the Lawn Bowls events for the Commonwealth Games taking place in Leamington, Heart of England CRP wanted to create a stunning visual impact for when visitors first arrive at the station.

Leamington has a thriving street art scene with murals dotted around the town, and they’ve been proving popular on social media. The art project, funded by Heart of England CRP with Chiltern Railways, aimed to offer another opportunity for people to have that ‘Instagram’ moment, whilst promoting the station and sustainable travel.

Inspiration for the mural came from the numerous sporting activities that can be enjoyed in Leamington, as well as some of the iconic tourist attractions and destinations such as Jephson Gardens and the Royal Pump Rooms.

Artist Emily (of Emily Kaye Illustration) works predominantly by hand, loving the texture and unpredictability of paint. She works across a variety of media including digital, print, comics and murals. Emily is passionate about connecting people through art and telling stories with her illustrations, aiming to create art that is accessible to all.

Emily said: “I was inspired to create a colourful artwork that celebrates Leamington: its parks, nature, and sporting activities. Whilst painting the mural, I had many conversations with the public and added their suggestions, including a heron and an elephant.

“I hope people will enjoy pointing out their favourite spots and be inspired to think about our town.”

Liane McCarthy, Area Manager for Chiltern Railways, said: “[I’m] absolutely delighted with the mural at Leamington Station. It is fast becoming an Insta sport with our customers!”

Further details of the Heart of England CRP’s community projects can be found here, and you can follow the CRP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

You can also keep up to date with Emily’s work on her Instagram.