Improving local stations through Art
Community Art at Old Roan
Merseyrail has welcomed a further addition of art in the form of a mural to Old Roan rail station recently. The artwork was donated by Holy Rosary School, Aintree and now takes pride of place in the underpass opposite the ticket office. The work known as ‘Aintree Lifelines Mural’ captures life from the Vikings through to the year 2000. It was planned and designed by Sheila Morrisroe a teacher at the School and completed by Peter Owen an artist from Sefton.
The School donated the mural to the wider community and Marion Elson Station Adopter at Old Roan and Secretary of Old Roan Residents Association worked with local ward councillor Marion Atkinson, Merseyrail and Merseytravel to get the mural displayed in the most prominent location she could. However, before this happened the U3A arts and craft group led by Eddie Caldwell restored the work which had been damaged in some areas. Eddie said “the art group have thoroughly enjoyed working on this project. It’s been really hard work, but very rewarding to give something back to the community.”
Together with Merseytravel, Merseyrail is committed to working with local people and organisations to improve stations and make them more pleasant environments. There are community partnerships at over 40 stations on the network, and they are keen to set up even more.