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Ipswich train station features new artwork from Suffolk New College students





New art pieces from Suffolk students proved to be just the ticket as they were put on display at Ipswich train station.

Pupils from Suffolk New College created works to adorn a recently-revamped bridge at the busy commuter hotspot.

Each piece featured a design relevant to Ipswich or Suffolk.

Pupils and staff at the display at Ipswich train station. Picture: Suffolk New College
Pupils and staff at the display at Ipswich train station. Picture: Suffolk New College

Plans for the project had been in motion since 2021 when the college 'adopted' the station, which would allow students to get involved in projects there, and suffered several false starts due to the Covid-19 lockdowns.

However, they were officially unveiled last week – which came as part of a partnership between Greater Anglia and the college, known as the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership (ESLCRP).

One of the artists was 19-year-old Poppy Porter from Ipswich, who expressed excitement to have her work displayed in a busy public place.

Poppy Porter by her artwork. Picture: Suffolk New College
Poppy Porter by her artwork. Picture: Suffolk New College

The level-three art and design student said: “Having my work on display makes me feel proud of my accomplishments and gives my projects more value.

"I hope it will get my work noticed and allow me to keep building connections."

Madison Garwood, 17, from Kesgrave, revealed the potential for thousands to see her work every day was 'thrilling'.

Another pupil was 18-year-old Millie Perkins from Aldeburgh.

Millie Perkins with her design of the House in the Clouds. Picture: Suffolk New College
Millie Perkins with her design of the House in the Clouds. Picture: Suffolk New College

Her piece was a digital design of the House in the Clouds, in Thorpeness, near her hometown.

Millie said: “It was great to be involved in a real life project.

"I think this experience will prove valuable and help me in the future."

Madison Garwood with her work. Picture: Suffolk New College
Madison Garwood with her work. Picture: Suffolk New College

The ESLCRP revealed plans to continue working with the college on future projects in a bid to 'build positive links between the railway and the communities it serves'.

Aaron Lockwood, an art and design lecturer for Suffolk New College, described the project as a long process from start to finish.

The pupils were originally asked to create designs as the bridge was being renovated, he noted.

The project was unveiled last week. Picture: Suffolk New College
The project was unveiled last week. Picture: Suffolk New College

Mr Lockwood added: "It is an interesting space and it has been good for the students to have their placed artwork in the real world.

"In addition, it is also valuable experience for them, and will be great for their development as artists."

Alan Neville from Greater Anglia said: “We are very grateful to the partnership with Suffolk New College and the talented artists who have transformed the footbridge into a vibrant art gallery following its refurbishment.

"The bridge looks bright and welcoming and I’m sure the art works will be enjoyed by the many passengers that pass through Ipswich station each day.”