Children and young people from schools in Standish have created artwork for large panels that have been installed along the newly developed Standish Line.
The Standish Mineral Line was originally a railway track used to transport minerals away from the mines. At the end of last year, after residents asked Wigan Council to improve the walkway, the line was fully upgraded from the muddy track it had become to a surfaced and lit bridleway to help provide an alternative way for local people to walk or cycle to and from Standish town centre.
Four schools have been involved in the project, organised by Wigan Council and supported by contractors Dowhigh Ltd, to create artwork to enhance one of the entrances to the route.
Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux, says,
‘This has been a fantastic project and completely supports our vision of what we want to achieve for the line, bringing businesses, the council and the local community together. I really appreciate the hard work the children and staff at the schools have put in to create such great pieces of art.’
The schools each helped to tell a different part of the line’s story with their art installations. St Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary Academy based their artwork on what the line was used for in the past. Wood Fold Primary School demonstrated what the line looked like before its upgrade. St Marie’s Catholic Primary School created artwork to show how the line has been updated and Standish Community High School were inspired by what the line looks like now.
Archie, 9, a pupil at St. Marie’s Catholic Primary School, says,
‘We had a few meetings about the mineral line and then used our imagination to do the drawings. I loved doing the drawings and I’m feeling positive about the result.’
Carmen, 7, from Wood Fold Primary School, adds,
‘We used oil pastels to make the trees and tried to draw it carefully to make sure it was beautiful. I’m just really hoping that since we’ve put a lot of effort into this drawing people will like it being up on the line.’
Matthew Aitchison, Art teacher at Standish Community High School, says,
‘This project was something outside of the work we’d normally do. I invited young people who had shown a real interest in art and they enjoyed it. They put in a lot of work both at school and in their own time. It’s been great to be part of something with the primary schools and the local community.’
Thea, 10, from St. Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary Academy, adds,
‘I’ve learned a lot from this and I feel proud and excited that our artwork is on display for everyone to see.’