New mosaics unveiled in Whitechapel
The mosaics have been created by local residents
Over 100 members of the Tower Hamlets community have spent hours creating three new mosaics for their local area as part of a community project. The mosaics, which use thousands of tiles, have now been finished.
They have been installed on walls in the Goodsman Fields development: one inside the Ceylon House building on Alie Street (above) and one on an external wall of the Goldpence Apartments building (below) on Buckle Street.
A larger mosaic, featuring a collage of local landmarks and symbols, is outside the Christian Street Community Hub, in the paving adjacent to Rope Walk Gardens (below).
About the community project
The mosaics were created through the SocietyLinks’ Creative Communities project. In 2018 SocietyLinks received funding from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. A key part of the project was to produce three community mosaics, created by local residents, to be installed in public locations around Whitechapel.
Last summer SocietyLinks ran weekly workshops at two locations and worked with local residents. Under the guidance of artists from Green Shoes Arts, residents learnt mosaic-making techniques (tile cutting, gluing, groating), designed the mosaics and went on to create the final mosaics. Children and adults worked together on the project, working on different parts of the design depending on their experience and ability.
Unveiling the mosaics
On 27 April 2019, Mayor John Biggs unveiled the mosaic on the ground outside the Christian Street Community Hub in Whitechapel.
Celebrations included a live performance from Pollyanna, a drama company, and there was also a bouncy castle, refreshments and an exhibition about the mosaic’s creation. Separately, there were celebrations at Ceylon House and the Goldpence Apartments on 25 April.
Helen Hilier, Peabody's Neighbourhood Manager, said:
"It has really brightened up the area and the art pieces look fantastic and will be displayed for years to come. All involved should be very proud of what they have created."