the belper station mosaic (now know as the belper station mosaic and art gallery) has been recognised in two recent award ceremonies. the first was the east midlands trains best station awards in which the belper station project received a runner up prize in the community partnership category.
christine (far left) and kate (in the middle) from the transition belper station crew represented belper at the lunch time awards held in derby. also in the picture are the other winners from the derwent valley.
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, june 2015. (image by ashley franklin)
the station mosaic and art gallery would again be recognised for the acheivement at the community rail awards. an annual national event organised by the association of community rail awards and celebrate the outstanding achievement in community rail development. this year the judging panel received entries from hundreds of projects throughout the country. as well as the mosaic and art gallery an image of the work by ashley franklin was nominated in the community rail photograph category.
we were all very delighted to hear of the success of the mosaic and art gallery in the community art scheme (permanent projects) category as it took first prize. christine had travelled to the torquay venue for the award ceremony and was justly proud of the project acheivement when she went up on stage to recieve the prize.
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.
another winner was ashley franklin’s photograph, voted for by over 300 guests at the Community Rail Awards Gala Dinner, comprises a train pulling into Belper Station during the unveiling of the Mosaic.
of the mosaic and art gallery project, david geogre 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.”
emma knight, stagecoach group head of media and public affairs, said: “these awards are a well deserved endorsement of the dedication and commitment of our community rail partnerships, our valued station volunteers and the other organisations we work with to create a better train service for our passengers. we would like to pass on our congratulations to all of the winners.”
in a message to david geogre, mp for mid derbyshire pauline lathem wrote ”
I am writing to congratulate you and everyone involved in making the station mosaic which won the best community art scheme at the national Community Rail Awards.
I know it was a team effort through and through with so much involvement from Christine Gray and all the youngsters from local schools to produce this fantastic mosaic. You should all be very proud, it is another great addition to Belper. “
the winner certificate in the community art schemes (permanent projects) category for the belper station mosaic and art gallery.
image by chris gray (before the celebrational glass of prosecco)