Wivelsfield Railway Station Bridge

Vibrant community-inspired artworks to prepare for growth

Client: Mid Sussex District Council

In partnership with: West Sussex County Council and Burgess Hill Town Council

Artists: Maria Amidu and Lionel Stanhope

Maria and Lionel

FrancisKnight have been appointed by Mid Sussex District Council to work on Wivelsfield Railway Station Bridge Public Art Commission/Lighting Scheme.

FrancisKnight undertook a feasibility report for the commission that put forward recommendations for public art, updating and improving lighting and cleaning and repainting existing areas.

This commission forms part of a shared ambition by Mid Sussex District Council, West Sussex County Council and Burgess Hill Town Council to improve Wivelsfield Station Bridge as part of a package of improvements within the Burgess Hill 'Place and Connectivity Programme'.  As one of two stations that serve Burgess Hill, Wivelsfield Station will benefit from much needed investment in its public realm. Situated in a local neighbourhood known as Worlds End, the station’s role as a transport hub is predicted to significantly grow to support planned development and as part of a substantially improved travel network for the town.The partners recognise that public art is an important component in helping to create a better-quality environment to enrich people’s lives.

As part of the public art commissioning process, two artists Maria Amidu and Lionel Stanhope were appointed to collaborate on a series of artworks that were painted onto the four abutments at Wivelsfield Station Bridge.