Grand unveiling for Crawley station’s art project


A community arts project to brighten up Crawley Railway Station will be officially unveiled this week.

Artworks have been installed in the station’s waiting areas and montages are due to be unveiled on the platforms, with the Mayor of Crawley, Cllr Brenda Smith (Lab, Langley Green), due to preside over the grand unveiling on Friday (February 6).

The project was initially started by Paul Schrade of the Crawley Community & Voluntary Service and is now being co-ordinated by former Crawley borough councillor Vanessa Cumper.

Artwork from West Green Primary School is already on display in the waiting room on Platform 1 and a series of 14 montages reflecting Crawley community life have been completed for Platform 2.

The montages have been put together with paintings, pictures and drawing submitted to Vanessa, who photographed the finished piece.

She has then added a crow to each piece in a slightly different place to give the illusion of flight.

Many Crawley artists have offered their time and support to the project, while children from 1st Crawley Cubs, Southgate Primary, Langley Green Primary, and The Gatwick School have all contributed.

Work has taken place with the support of Southern Rail and the Sussex Community Rail Partnership, while the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, the Gatwick School, and Robert Brindley of The Swan Public House in West Green.

Vanessa said: “A lot of the stations in the area are graced with beautiful old buildings but Crawley station has always been a bit grey due to the 1960s style concrete building and platforms.

“This blank canvas, however, has allowed artists to share the true diversity of the town with passengers and those passing through.

“The waiting area on Platform 2 in particular will benefit from an injection of colour so it is hoped the artworks by people who live and study in Crawley will help to generate more love for the area.”

Any additional funding could see art installed in other areas of the station.

If anyone is interested in taking part in this project or other local partnerships they can contact Veronica Payne at