David Tootill, Director/Founder

David founded Southbank Mosaics in 2004, being the first arts group to move into St. John’s Crypt. Together with St. Mungo’s he has helped to transform the crypt and its yard from a no-go area to a treasured arts hub since. He has an interest in abolishing prisons and the inclusive economy, and is actively engaged in promoting mosaic as tool for community cohesion.  

Paula Ligo, Lead Artist Tutor & Marketing

Paula is Brazilian and has a background in participatory design. She joined us as volunteer in 2011, and has since worked on a variety of public art commissions including Blake's Lambeth and the Queenhithe Mosaic, and as artist tutor with children and adults including people with special needs. Paula inspires her students through knowledge in colour theory and a great sense of drawing and detail, being trained in classical drawing and graphic design.

Silvie Jacobi, Artist Tutor & Administrator

Silvie worked with us since 2007 as volunteer artist. Many of her works are installed on the streets. She has run adult courses since 2013, and is now our administrator and in-house researcher while doing her PhD at King’s College London. Silvie is an expert in portraits and figurative mosaics.


Giulia is a Graduate Mosaicist from world famous Mosaic School in Spilimbergo, Italy. Renowned as one of the greatest mosaic schools in the world, Spilimbergo offers a rigorous and complete mosaic education from history, design, fabrication to installation. Passionate about the art of mosaic and classically trained in all aspects of mosaic technique and design, she has been working in the last years between London and San Francisco.

Mario D’Oliveira, Ceramicist

Mario is also Brazilian, and is our resident ceramicist. He has a strong interest in material exploration and helps at Morley College as technical consultant in their ceramics department.


A special thanks to our regular volunteers who contribute to the warm atmosphere of our studio and help us deliver our sessions for schools and young people in trouble with the law:

Dee Smith, Veronica Marshall, Zain Odho, Ken Tao, Josephine Nicholson, Leora Shefi, Emily Weaver, Kristi Williamson, Sherry Shah and many more.


Dr. Zain Odho (Chair), Biochemical Researcher at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Caroline Bryant, Director/Founder/Producer at Futures Theatre

Helen Lees, Friends of Archbishops Park

Dr. Sarah Stanley, Mosaicist

Dr. Ilona Jesnick, British Association of Modern Mosaic

James Llewellyn, Chartered Accountant

Joshua Panda

Marvin Afrane