Railway art gallery nominated for UK transport award

Lynette Gray in her studio
Lynette Gray in her studio

A gutsy transformation of disused railway station rooms into a popular art gallery has been short-listed for a prestigious award.

Kinghorn Station Studios and Gallery, created by local artist Lynette Gray, is in the running for the Best New Use for Station Buildings title at the 2013 Community Rail Awards.

Lynette converted the former stationmaster’s flat and ladies’ waiting room with assistance from ScotRail, the Railway Heritage Trust and the Stations Community Regeneration Fund.

“I am really pleased to have been short-listed,” she said.

“The project has taken two years from start to finish, but it is great that we now have a station at Kinghorn which provides an excellent environment for painting, teaching, relaxing and travelling.”

Lynette and husband Douglas Gray have two studios upstairs and display work downstairs, where Lynette runs community art classes.

A Scotrail spokesman said: “Lynette showed considerable courage in driving forward the conversion, and we are delighted she has been recognised in this way.”