Maria Fidelis Convent School with Specialist Art Status, Camden, London
To celebrate Maris Fidelis achieving Specialist Art Status they invited Maud Milton and the team to come in to do an Arts Residency, to make some bespoke mosaics celebrating the multi-cultured school through fabrics from around the world. Inspired by The Quilt exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Jill Tattersal ran drawing workshops where pupils drew from the schools extensive fabric collection, as well as books and secondary sources that Artyface took in. The pupils works of art were then collaged into a design worked on by Maud, Catherine Clarke, Jill Tattersall and Leona Matuszczak.
For over a week and a half in July 2010 the Artyface team of Maud, Clem Riches, Catherine and Leona worked with hundreds of pupils, helped for a week by 4 dedicated 6th-formers, and teachers, cleaners and many other visitors popped in to help and many caught the mosaic-bug!
Workshops also took place with neighbouring community groups: Hopscotch Asian Women’s Group, Age Concern, New Horizons and Somers Town Youth Centre.
One of the panels will be going up permanently in a public alleyway that leads to the Community Centre and the others will be going up in the school playground. The opening ceremony will be in the Autumn Term 2010.
‘I have really enjoyed this project of mosaicing. There were very complicated parts and there were tricky bits. I told my mum about the project and she came to the school and worked with me after-school one day. Catherine, Clem, Maud, Leona and Eva, many more teachers and pupils helped out too.’
‘Maria Fidelis were lucky enough to be taking part in a brilliant mosaic project. We used a wide range of tiles from any colour of the rainbow. I would spend my lunch or break glueing tiles down or peeling and preparing them. Everyday, when I came back, the project would have built up and progressed more. It was great to take part in such an interesting project that will soon be on our school wall. With help from Artyface we have made a masterpiece which we hope will be in the school for a long time to come. I am glad I took part in such a fun project, thank you to everyone.’