Earlier this week, GY was delighted to to attend a lovely launch party at Otley Courthouse Arts Centre to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition of mosaics by Mosaic Mania.
Mosaic Mania is run by its founder Frances Taylor from her studio in Otley, and the exhibits were made by people who had attended her classes and courses there. There are more than 25 mosaics of various sizes to see, displayed in the reception and bar area of the arts centre. There are also some beautiful works by Frances herself.
I had seen photos of some of the moscaics before, but being up close makes you notice and understand the detail and complexity – and experience all the colours and the light, of course. They were wonderful and I loved each and every one (especially a particularly expressive depiction of Mabel the dog, by Karen Taylor). I wish I had taken more photos but I was distracted by chatting and drinking, something that always seems to happen with me at launch parties.
Professional mosaic artist Frances works on commissions for companies and organisations and has been running regular mosaic classes in her riverside mosaic studio for more than seven years. She also runs workshops and school and community projects around Yorkshire and further afield – you may well have seen her work and collaborative creations while out and about.
Anyway, the mosaic classes are for anyone who wants to learn to mosaic, suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience, children’s parties and bespoke courses (she can travel to run these). There is a huge range of tiles and projects available. All tools, materials, grouting and refreshments are included in the prices.
Full and half day courses take place Sundays and some Wednesdays and Thursdays, while half day courses run from 10.30 am – 1.30 pm (in this time you can make a small indoor mosaic, trivet or wall mounted mosaic, about 6″ / 15cm sq). The course costs £45. Whole day courses run from 10.30 am – 4.30 pm. Here you can create a larger indoor mosaic, an outdoor wall mosaic or a concrete mosaic stepping stone for your garden. Prices range from £75 to £100 depending on what you’d like to create.
Frances also runs courses most Friday and Wednesday mornings 10 – 12.30 and alternate Friday afternoons 1.30 – 4. These courses are suitable for people with some mosaicing exprerience, and are aimed at people who might want to attend regularly (perhaps at least once a month). These courses cost £15 plus materials (usually under £5).
You don’t have to come with a design, as the studio is equipped with plenty of mosaic books for inspiration and pre-drawn templates.
But go and have a look at the exhibition to see what you could achieve. There’s so much talent, it’s astonishing. As I say, I wish I had taken more pictures on the night, but it’s best to see in the flesh. Look out for Mabel.
*The Mosaic Mania exhibition is at Otley Courthouse until Sat, Nov 9, Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm. Works by 26 people from Mosaic Mania in Otley as well as by its founder and tutor Frances Taylor.
See https://otleycourthouse.org.uk – and for details of courses and commissions, visit https://www.mosaicmania.co.uk/