Portraits

We have completed a wider range of portraits and memorials commemorating local heroes from the past and present including a street sweeper, theatre founder, poets and actors. We also run short courses specialising in making portraits, have a look at our short course programme. 

 

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Then and Now: First Surrey Rifles - Portraits of Soldiers (Jan 2016-Sept 2016)

We partnered with Lambeth Archives which holds the First Surrey Rifles Archive, to research the local history and commemorate the Battle of the Somme. This project unlocked the secrets of the heritage collection and put this into an exhibition of four portraits in mosaic accompanied by texts, photos and maps. These were toured to local schools and museums such as the Black Cultural Archives and Lambeth Archives itself. We worked with young people with disabilities and those in trouble with the law to engage them with the lives of young soldiers through talks led by historian Jon Newman. They helped our team to make mosaics in response to what they've learned. This project was funded by Heritage Lottery Fund under the programme "First World War: then and now"

St. Paul's Cathedral portraits (2016)

Paul Robeson

Alongside research/documentation of the mosaics by Sir William Blake Richmond at St. Paul's cathedral, we were awarded a grant from Weavers Company to create mosaic portraits of influential people who have spoken at the cathedral. This forms part of the social engagement of the project, and we are making new works of mosaic that will be affiliated with the cathedral. This project was made possible through: The Worshipful Company of Weavers

 

Young people's portraits (2015-2017)

Our focus in sessions with young people serving community sentences at our studio, is to make self-portraits. This offers our young people the opportunity for self-reflection, while developing a sense for detail and aesthetic understanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOMEN PORTRAITS FOR MORLEY COLLEGE (2011–2012)

In April 2011, Southbank Mosaics was awarded a grant from the Arts Council to create a series of mosaic portraits. This is to celebrate the achievements of significant women who have lived or worked in the Waterloo area. The portraits have been permanently installed at