Community Mosaics
Mosaic Projects for Community
 

Communitree Mosaic 2019

Site : Edward Woods Community Centre, 60 Norland Road, London

Project Manager / Design :  Debra Collis

Funders : WEA (Margaret Cottier Award), Change Live Grow

​Project : Volunteers from the community contributed individual birds to the design and helped complete the mosaic through a number of ongoing workshops.

The project was initiated by WEA who helped set up workshops with Change Grow Live (Alcohol Services).  This inspired the community to get involved and brainstormed a design that could go in the garden area facing the community walkway.  It represents the different types of people and cultures who all live in the same area but make up a commuity (Communitree).

Eartha, Cat Walk Mosaic, 2018

Site : Poplars Avenue, Willesden Green (outside Sainsburys)

Project Manager / Design :  Debra Collis

Funders : Brent Council Ward Fund

​Project : School (yr 3 Gladstone Park Primary) & Elderly (Pepper Pot Centre) contributed ceramics to the Project and volunteers helped complete the mosaic.

​This mosaic was inspired by the artwork of Louis Wain, who was a resident in the borough back in the Victorian era. His unique images of cats were transformed into mosaic, and this mosaic has become number two in a series of cat mosaics entitled the Willesden Green Cat Walk.

​​Opening Event with Mayor of Brent and party

 

Calypso Mosaic, 2015

Project : Communal project with members and volunteers

Location : Pepper Pot Day Centre, Notting Hill

Project Manager / Design :  Debra Collis (with Notre Art CIC - Beatriz Palmira)

Funding : National Lottery Arts for All Award

Through a number of workshops with regular members of Pepper Pot Over 60s Group, a design was discussed.  As the members were mainly of  Afro Carribean descent, dancing on the beach was a popular theme.  The motif was inspired by record covers in the 1950s (Calypso music).  Ongoing workshops continued where they made the mosaic sections together. Volunteers from the community helped to complete the mosaic which now hangs on the main lounge wall.

 

Louis, Cat Walk Mosaic, 2014

Site : Opposite Willesden Green tube station

Project Manager / Design :  Debra Collis

Funders : Community Foundation

​Project : Workshops in community space for volunteers

​This mosaic was inspired by the artwork of Louis Wain, who was a resident in the borough back in the Victorian era. His unique images of cats were transformed into mosaic, and this mosaic has become number one in a series of cat mosaics entitled the Willesden Green Cat Walk.

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Kensal Grn Pocket Park Mosaic, 2016

Project : Community Project with families and volunteers

Location : Pocket Park, Kensal Green

Project Manager / Design :  Debra Collis (with Notre Art CIC - Beatriz Palmira)

Funding : Kensal Green Clean Streets RA

Local community including families and people of all ages came together to help create a mosaic for the park wall.  The park itself had become derelict and not loved.  New bushes and flowers were planted also and there was lively opening with the Mayor of Brent, music by Russell.  Sadly, the wall that the mosaic was on had damp issues and so the mosaic has now been removed for repair.

 

Sidings Community Centre

Mosaic 2017

Project : Communal project

Location : Sidings Community Centre, Kilburn

Project Manager / Design :  Debra Collis

Funding : Heritage Grant

This project was instigated on a Heritage Event Day to celebrate 50 years of the Community Centre and its relationship to Sidings from the railway on which the site was located.  This was followed by workshops with youth groups and art sessions who made the trees and the flowers.  These were incoporated into the main mosaic which was completed in community workshops and finally by volunteers.  It now hangs in the entrance area to this well-loved centre.