Firstly, we ran a series of workshops with children that asked the question:
“What is the best thing about Hounslow?”
The findings gleaned from these sessions show that the young people of Hounslow love their borough for it's shops, parks, schools - and some even loved the low-flying aircraft!
Overall, the answer that came up the most is that the best thing about Hounslow is the people, with their rich cultural diversity.
The children then went on to make designs of their individual ideas within this theme.
evolution of the project
With various local schools and community groups, we started to explore these ideas by looking at different artwork from around the world. We drew on people’s experiences, and asked them to create their own artworks that embraced the theme.
Everyone was able to make their own mosaic section and had the freedom to express their own cultural identity using colour and pattern. All the hand-made sections were put together to resemble a mosaic "patchwork quilt".
As well as developing new skills and learning all about mosaic, the participants loved being involved in helping to regenerate their local high street.
The mosaic was installed on a specially built wall in Holloway Street, Hounslow and was officially unveiled by the Mayor of Hounslow on 30th March 2012.
The co-ordination of funding for this project was arranged by Feltham Arts Association. Feltham Arts is committed to working with voluntary and statutory organisations in Hounslow, to broaden community participation in creative activity celebrating cultural diversity and providing opportunities for personal development and shared experiences through community events.
schools and community groups involved
Grove Road Primary School, Hounslow
Hounslow Manor Secondary School
Orchard Primary School
Hounslow Heath Junior School
The Tamil Support Group at Number 10 Project, Hounslow