Mural inspired by children brightens up Redland Station

January 02 2020

Proud pupils from Cotham Gardens Primary show off their artistic creation at Redland Station

Proud pupils from Cotham Gardens Primary show off their artistic creation at Redland Station

A COLOURFUL mural is now brightening up the wall at Redland Station. Set beneath the Lovers' Walk bridge, it’s been created by local artists Dave Bain and Zoë Power in collaboration with students from Cotham Gardens Primary School.
More than 85 students were involved, assembling imagery and shapes themed around the local area and aspects of the community they enjoy.
This project has been coordinated by Severnside Community Rail Partnership with support from the school's Parent, Teacher and Friends Association, Redland & Cotham Amenities Society (RCAS), GWR, Network Rail and Hamilton & Hodson Upholstery who are based in the platform building. Funding has been provided by RCAS, the PTFA and Severnside Community Rail Partnership.
The appearance of the station wall was brought to the attention of Cotham Gardens chair of governors, Kate Price, by Hamilton and Hodson. Kate explained: “We thought it was a great community project to get involved in and approached Severnside for their help. It’s taken a long time to bring everyone together to make this happen but the result is worth it. Commuters have been commenting about how the mural is brightening up their journey.”
Chair of RCAS, Alison Bromilow, added: “RCAS was delighted to work with someone who was able to provide improvements that benefit the wider community.”
Dave Bain and Zoe Powell have completed many other artworks across the city including the colourful pillars in Hotwells and a large scale piece on Church Road, Lawrence Hill.
“We ran a workshop with all of the Year 5 students using a theme of community and had them all creating characters in their own mad-cap ways,” said Dave. “It was fun and there were lots of common themes that came out of the workshop that we kept spotting and thought that we’d feed into the mural such as football, high fives, a bit of nature and skateboarding. There was a collage workshop where they made these cut-out images together.”
Zoe added: “We have our style that we work in to create murals and artworks around Bristol. I think it’s a fantastic idea to brighten up this railway line. To have that input from the children was fun and we’ve used primary colours to make it playful. Things like the moustache on the sun came out of the imagination of the children.”
 Cotham Gardens teacher Dave Milliband said: “We are a school that really pushes the arts and were delighted to join in a community project with murals where you give something back to the community.”
Seeing the finished mural for the first time were some of the year 5 pupils who took part in the creative workshops. Freya said: “I think it’s really nice and abstract. I like the hand and flag celebrating Bristol and the curls on the moustache.”
Isabella added: “I like the heart that’s been added into the middle of the ‘o’ in Lovers Walk.”
Faye Keane, art coordinator for Severnside Community Rail Partnership,  which works with the rail companies and the community.
 Faye said: “We get lots of school children and commuters using the Severn Beach line and you can see tagging along the whole way.
"We want to try and dispel that with things like this. The wall here was tatty and tagged but now it looks beautiful and it’s brightening up people’s journeys. It joins Montpelier and Avonmouth stations which have been spruced up too.”