Above, station manager David Hughes, Angela Palmer and Year Eight pupils. Tyler McCreath and Holly Kavaney, below, with their paintings. Pictures: Ian Burt

Passengers will now be greeted with a community art gallery at Downham Market train station.

Ten botanical-themed paintings by art students aged 12 to 18 at Downham Market Academy and Athena Sixth Form were officially unveiled on Wednesday.

Mark Eastwood, the academy’s head of school, said: “We’re very lucky to have a team of staff with different specialisms and artistic talents of their own that inspire our students to create some stunning pieces of work. 

“We’re used to seeing these displayed within the school, and now the local community and visitors to the area can enjoy them too. 

“I am very proud of these pieces of work as just a flavour of the artistic flair that we have amongst our student body.”

The artwork will be on permanent display for passengers to enjoy as part of a project funded by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), which commissioned more than 200 community artworks as part of its network-wide, multi-million pound station improvement programme.

The academy and sixth form college were both invited by community and environmental charity Groundwork East to create five paintings each.

Rebecca Huggins, landscape architect at Groundwork East, said it had been an absolute pleasure to work with the pupils and teachers. 

“We have been hugely impressed with the proactive and driven approach from staff and students alike,” she said.

“Our partnership with GTR is a wonderful opportunity to showcase young artistic talent, and help uplift our local train stations with bright and colourful displays. 

“Working together with our communities to improve local environments in this way is what Groundwork thrives on, and we are so glad this beautiful artwork will be there to enjoy for years to come.”

Angie Palmer, head of stations for Thameslink and Great Northern, said: “I am sure these evocative paintings will be very much appreciated and lift the spirits of many. Thanks to the talented young artists for their amazing contribution; they have really done both themselves and Downham Market proud.”