The launch of Art at Glynde Station featured a brass band, ribbon cutting, and tea and cakes in the cricket pavilion. But the main show was the miniature artworks by local artists, displayed in bird boxes all along the long shelter. The intriguing display had passengers peeking in to the birdboxes with the aid of torches to reveal the tiny artworks inside.
Local artists Isobel Smith and Chris Gilvan Cartwright (known professionally as The Baron Gilvan), decorated the back wall of the long wooden shelter on Platform 2 with a huge mural.
The Glynde community and GTR launched their new station partnership and its first art display last week with an opening ceremony performed by the local vicar, television presenter the Rev Peter Owen-Jones.
Guests were entertained by live music from the Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band. GTR provided tea and cakes in the cricket pavilion, with additional homemade cakes provided by the artists.
The mural and bird box installation designs were partnership productions themselves.The artists came up with the creative concepts and Lisa Stacey, GTR’s Lewes area station manager, helped develop the practical aspects.
Partnership leader Isobel Smith said: “The project has been a delight from start to finish owing to the positivity and can-do attitude from all concerned.
“Its success is a testament to what can happen when creativity and enthusiasm are met with resounding ‘yesses’.
“Thanks to the fantastic artists who leaped at the bird box challenge, and to a long list of enthusiastic supporters including GTR, Sussex Community Rail Partnership, and our local business sponsors.”
The birdboxes could be the start of a changing exhibition.
More of the work can be seen at artatglyndestation.wordpress.com/ and thebarongilvan.com