Awards at the double for Belper station artwork

Belper Station representatives collect trophy for Best Community Art Scheme. Left to right: Mark Hopwood, Managing Director Great Western Railway (presenting award) to Kevin Knight and Jonny Wiseman from East Midlands Trains, Alastair Morley Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership and Christine Gray, Artist for Transition Belper.
Belper Station representatives collect trophy for Best Community Art Scheme. Left to right: Mark Hopwood, Managing Director Great Western Railway (presenting award) to Kevin Knight and Jonny Wiseman from East Midlands Trains, Alastair Morley Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership and Christine Gray, Artist for Transition Belper.

A stunning Belper community art scheme has celebrated double awards success.

Transition Belper’s station mosaic and artwork installation - a year-long project developed with four schools and the community - claimed first prize in the category of best community art scheme at the national Community Rail Awards.

Children from Herbett Strut School, Leaps and Bounds Nursery (formerly Mulberry Bush Nursery) and Turnditch School celebrate the new station mosaic and paintings with volunteers from Transition Belper along with rail industry and local authority representatives.

Children from Herbett Strut School, Leaps and Bounds Nursery (formerly Mulberry Bush Nursery) and Turnditch School celebrate the new station mosaic and paintings with volunteers from Transition Belper along with rail industry and local authority representatives.

The project also won the award for best community rail photo, taken by photographer Ashley Franklin.

David George, chairman of Transition Belper, said: “This is true community art crafted by the children and people of Belper to welcome rail travellers to our town and tell visitors how proud we are to live in such a wonderful place.

“It is heartening that all the hard work and creativity put in by Christine and the children has been recognised in this way. Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved.”

The winning project comprises a large station mosaic and art gallery of more than 25 colourful and vibrant paintings at Belper Railway Station, which depict local places of interest.

The winning Community Rail photograph by Ashley Franklin.

The winning Community Rail photograph by Ashley Franklin.

A selection of the paintings inspired the design for the mosaic, which illustrates Belper’s heritage by featuring Strutt’s North Mill, and the River Derwent set within the landscape of the Derwent Valley.

Artist Christine Gray, a member of Transition Belper, worked with children from Herbert Strutt Primary School, Leaps and Bounds Nursery, St. Johns C of E Primary School and Turnditch C of E Primary School to produce the paintings. These were later scanned and printed onto large panels which now adorn the railings at Belper Station.

Christine and Ashley were presented with the trophies at Transition Belper’s AGM.