Judges impressed by artwork for Lowestoft station arches project

Ormiston Denes Academy pupil Chelsea Doyle looking at some of the artwork. Picture: James Bass

Ormiston Denes Academy pupil Chelsea Doyle looking at some of the artwork. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

It was an unenviable task for the panel of judges who were given the responsibility to select 12 pieces artwork to best represent our town.

Ormiston Denes Academy pupil Chelsea Doyle looking at some of the artwork. Picture: James Bass

Ormiston Denes Academy pupil Chelsea Doyle looking at some of the artwork. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

The designs were all created by schoolchildren, who have been delving into the rich heritage associated with Lowestoft as part of the Station Arches Project.

The aim of the initiative, organised by Lowestoft resident Mike Holroyd, is to place artwork on the 10-brick faced archways at Lowestoft train station, to improve first impressions of the town.

As a result, students from East Point Academy, Pakefield High School, Ashley School and Ormiston Denes Academy have been busy researching and designing a number of images.

Depictions of some of the more modern memories including the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival were displayed, along with other images featuring the fishing industry, old fashioned clothing and beach scenes.

And it was then down to representatives from the East Suffolk Lines and Bittern and Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnerships, Ferini Art Gallery and Suffolk county councillors, to cast their eyes over the work - and to deliberate over which designs should make it onto the arches.

Six pieces from East Point Academy, three from Ashley School, two from Pakefield High School and one from Ormiston Denes were eventually chosen.

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The £6,000 funding for the project is coming from the locality budgets of several Suffolk county councillors.

Peter Byatt, Labour councillor for Pakefield, said: 'This is an excellent way to capture the imagination of the students and for us to see the town through their eyes.'

Ormiston Denes Academy students focussed on the fishing heritage through print, 3D and digital outcomes.

Hannah Mayne, 14, school representative, said: 'Individually we did research about Lowestoft and what we knew about it.

'It was interesting to learn about the history of our town.'

The work of the children will make it onto two of the arches, with the others being filled by artists and community organisations.

Do you have a Lowestoft heritage story? Email: joe.randlesome@archant.co.uk

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