20 years old in 2020

Artyface is celebrating 20 years of delivering successful community art projects across London, working with more than 4,000 community members every year. Maud established Artyface Community Art in Tower Hamlets in 1999, and has had a studio at the amazing Trinity Buoy Wharf for the past fifteen years. 

Maud also has a garden studio, and a lot of the work takes place here or at home on the kitchen table. Much of the making takes place in the community, most recently in the waiting room on platform one at Highams Park station for the London Overground stations mosaic roundels.

2018-2020 have been especially exciting years with additions to the famous Bethnal Green Globe Road mosaics, made with Globe Primary School and the local community. These traverse the walls of the three streets that wrap around the school building and are celebrated  in ‘The Monocle Guide to Better Living’,  one of 49 photographs showing ‘how to improve your city’ page 75 (published by Gestalten).

With new street mosaics celebrating the Arts and Crafts history of Walthamstow on Church Hill E17, there’s a new and growing series of exciting mosaics going up in phases, and much loved by the community. These are all available for everyone to enjoy 24 hours a day 7 days a week free of charge. 

Earlier this year Maud was invited to do a live 15 minute interview on the Robert Elms show, to talk about the roundels project. Listen to the interview below.

Maud BBC London interview

Maud was also awarded a Fellowship grant by London’s first Borough of Culture, Waltham Forest. Partnered with Arriva Trains and Trinty Buoy Wharf Trust, Maud and the team of Artyface artists worked with 1,600 people in the community to make five beautiful bespoke mosaic roundels for Highams Park, Leytonstone High Road, Leyton Midland Road and Chingford overground stations. There are more of these in the pipeline – visit the roundels project page for more info.

More recently, takeaway wet-tile boxes have been made and delivered at a safe distance to 100 households. With 30-50 wet clay tiles inside, families in lockdown can find things in their home or garden to press into and make their mark. These are then collected, fired and glazed and will be used to make the new Walthamstow Central and St James Street Station roundels during London’s lockdown. 

The Artyface Team consists of tutors and artists – individuals who have their own businesses and skills they employ elsewhere, but generously donate their time and skills with Artyface when possible.

Special mention must go to Catherine Clark who retired from teaching 18 years ago and works with Maud. She is particularly skilled at typography and drawing up designs and plans, stemming from a career in graphic design before the days of computers. Unsurpassable!

Massive thanks to all the volunteers too, without whom we would be able to deliver less and have a lot less fun; and to all that have taken part in our projects. Here’s to the next 20 years!