Valley Road School Create Art for New Railway Station Toilets

Valley Road School Art Workshop for New Public Toilets at Henley Railway StationValley Road School Art Workshop for New Public Toilets at Henley Railway StationValley Road School Art Workshop for New Public Toilets at Henley Railway StationValley Road School Art Workshop for New Public Toilets at Henley Railway StationValley Road School Art Workshop for New Public Toilets at Henley Railway StationValley Road School Art Workshop for New Public Toilets at Henley Railway StationValley Road School Art Workshop for New Public Toilets at Henley Railway Station

The public toilets at Henley Railway Station are to be refurbished by SODC and artist Elaine Tribley has been commissioned to give the toilets a Henley art makeover too with the help of Henley school children.  Elaine has a studio at The Hive in Chelmsford. She has a BA in Fine Art and MAFA from St Martin’s School of Art in London and has been commissioned for many community public artworks.

Elaine started the project with an art workshop with Year 5 children at Valley Road School. The first part of the workshop Elaine got the children to select a section of a Henley map and create an abstract picture.  The second part was to design and create a 3D sculpture of a flower which incorporated what Henley means to them.

She said, “Inspired by the variety of societies and communities in Henley and how they and the personalities within them intertwine with each other, I wanted to find a way of making those connections work visually. Henley in Bloom seemed like a good starting point, here is a reflection of intertwining through people and plants.”

“Working with local pupils was a great way of exploring these ideas whilst finding out more about Henley and what it means to the families that live there. There were some fabulous responses from festivals to animals and cafes to rowing. The pupils then took these ideas and used them to create individual hybrid blooms, flowers of Henley for Henley.”

“My next task is to take these ideas together with my research, conversations, photographs and found texts and build them into the designs for the new artwork, not an easy task with so many wonderful pieces of work!”