Mosaic is a great form of art for community projects because groups can be involved from everything from the design right through to the actual making of a mosaic, which might end up in a community centre or a local park.
Mosaic Mania specialises in working with community groups to produce great mosaics. Projects can include outdoor concrete mosaics, 3-D mosaic sculptures or seating, and indoor wall-mounted mosaics.
I work with a diverse range of groups and people from different backgrounds, and I like the challenge of persuading people that art is not something intimidating, but something that is inspiring to be involved in and that mosaic can be done by everyone. I believe that this sort of project is good for general well-being and social cohesion, because by working together on a project like this, people increase their social skills, confidence, self-esteem and motivation. The finished mosaic produces a sense of pride and ownership. Part of the process is building new networks of friends and support, and helps communities and individuals thrive. In a very practical sense the workshops and new networks can provide informal opportunities to engage in new activities, or access advice and support, which may be in the short, medium or long term.
In the past 15 years I have worked with many community groups including offenders, allotment projects, Bradford Deaf Group, homeless hostels, refugee groups, Together Women, The Anchor Project (environmental group), LEEP1 (Leeds), Groundworks, Artworks Creative Communities (Bradford), Skippko (Leeds), Creative Scene (Dewsbury), Thurnscoe Big Local, The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and The Eden Project.
All of these projects produced an end product community mosaic.
I have run projects with a wide age range, and with inter-generational groups, teenage girls at risk, mental health and learning disabled groups, young people, older people and also groups of different cultures and faiths.
I have worked in care homes for adults with physical and learning disabilities to produce mosaics for the residents to sell, and helped to set up a social enterprise in order to do this.
I regularly run one off sessions for other community groups such as Women's Institute groups.
I am used to producing risk assessments, documenting projects, attending meetings and working to strict budgets and timetables. I have full DBS certificates and Public Liability Insurance