The Project - Beginnings
Firstly, we ran a series of workshops with children that asked the question:
“What is the best thing about Hounslow?”
The findings gleaned from these sessions show that the young people of Hounslow love their borough for it's shops, parks, schools - and some even loved the low-flying aircraft!
Overall, the answer that came up the most is that the best thing about Hounslow is the people, with their rich cultural diversity.
The children then went on to make designs of their individual ideas within this theme.
Evolution of the Project
With various local schools and community groups, we started to explore these ideas by looking at different artwork from around the world. We drew on people’s experiences, and asked them to create their own artworks that embraced the theme.
Everyone was able to make their own mosaic section and had the freedom to express their own cultural identity using colour and pattern. All the hand-made sections were put together to resemble a mosaic "patchwork quilt".
As well as developing new skills and learning all about mosaic, the participants loved being involved in helping to regenerate their local high street.
The mosaic was installed on a specially built wall in Holloway Street, Hounslow and was officially unveiled by the Mayor of Hounslow on 30th March 2012.
Since completing her fine art degree Susie has spent the last 12 years teaching and working on countless community art projects, including murals, sculptures, carnivals, costume making/fabric work and several high profile mosaic projects, most notably at The Hanworth Centre, which now has become a well known local landmark! Susie specializes in delivering a diverse range of projects for schools and community groups, as well undertaking commissions from established companies such as the National Trust, Sure Start and Age UK. www.susiejohn.co.uk
Sue Edkins has spent the last 10 years working as a ceramic and mosaic artist. She has undertaken many community and private commissions, including schools, community centres, resident associations and big companies such as Pizza Express. She is particularly known for mosaic sculptural dogs, which have been exhibited widely. Sue’s imaginative use of ceramics and mosaic techniques has seen her win national prizes! www.mostlymosaics.co.uk
The co-ordination of funding for this project was arranged by Feltham Arts Association. Feltham Arts is committed to working with voluntary and statutory organisations in Hounslow, to broaden community participation in creative activity celebrating cultural diversity and providing opportunities for personal development and shared experiences through community events.
Schools and Community Groups Involved
Grove Road Primary School, Hounslow
Hounslow Manor Secondary School
Orchard Primary School
Hounslow Heath Junior School
The Tamil Support Group at Number 10 Project, Hounslow
Age UK, Brentford
Film and Website
This website and the "Mosaics in Hounslow" film were made by Machine Creative.