Community art work unveiled at Cullercoats Metro station

A photo of councillors with the art work
20 December 2017

A community art project has brought a splash of colour to a Metro station in North Tyneside.

Cullercoats is home to new set of colourful art works, including a series of stunning photographs showcasing the local area, thanks to the efforts of local school children.

The Cullercoats Kids’ Art Project was launched in a bid to brighten up the Metro station with a series of images that reflect the heritage and beauty of the popular coastal village.

The project is a collaboration between Cullercoats Primary School, teacher and artist Chris Howlett, local councillor Karen Lee, North Tyneside Council, professional photographer Veronica Congleton and Nexus.

Cllr Lee said: “This project just started out as a fun thing to do with a local junior school. I wanted visitors to see local images that reflected the heritage and history of Cullercoats when they arrived at the Metro station.

“However, it captured everyone’s imagination. In the end it actually demonstrated how much we can achieve and how much fun can be had, when we pull small voluntary teams together in our communities.”

“At the very least, It seems to have brought a smile to lots of faces. Thanks to Nexus , Cullercoats Primary School and North Tyne Council for their help in getting it over the line.”

North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn, said: “This has been a wonderful project from start to finish and the images the children have created have given Cullercoats Metro station a vibrant new look and feel, while also celebrating many of the things that make Cullercoats such a unique and special place. I am absolutely thrilled to see the project complete.”

Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “We were delighted to work with the local community through our Art on Transport programme to deliver this brilliant project.

“The displays are really vibrant and capture the village of Cullercoats in all its glory. The efforts of the pupils at Cullercoats Primary School have helped to make this art scheme a success.

“I’m sure all of our customers will enjoy looking at these displays when they use Cullercoats Metro station.”

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