Category Archives: Competitions

A Bit More Nip, Stick and Grout……BAMM, BAMM!!!

By popular demand (well at the invitation of Victoria Baths, to be more honest), our exhibition ‘Nip, Stick and Grout’ will now stay up for the rest of the summer, ending 31st August 2012.

detail from Red Cozzie by Annie Nicholl

photo by Matilda Wigley

Red Pot II by Lindsey Beveridge

photo by Matilda Wigley

Work by the Chorlton Mosaic Group and BAMM North West is on display at Manchester’s Victoria Baths. The show was opened to the public on Sunday July 1st at the Indoor Beach Open Day, when visitors were also invited to take part in a drop-in mosaic workshop, amongst other activities. 

PRIVATE VIEW NIGHT, photo by Deborah Pitman

The Chorlton Mosaic Group meets every Thursday evening to spend an hour and a half together working on a variety of mosaic projects at Chorlton Central Community Centre at the corner of Sandy Lane and Barlow moor Road in Chorlton-cum-Hardy. Since January 2011, when I started the evening class, the numbers attending and standard of work being produced have steadily increased. This is the first group exhibition and since I have recently become one of the joint co-ordinators of BAMM North West, Patricia and I decided it would be fabulous to invite professional mosaic artists from the region to show their work alongside the Chorlton group’s exhibits.

Blue Yonder by Patricia Lee

photo by Matilda Wigley

The British Association of Modern Mosaic (BAMM) was founded in 1999 and exists to promote, encourage and support excellence in contemporary mosaic art and to raise public awareness of modern mosaic art through exhibitions, publications, events and related educational activities. BAMM is an energetic and enthusiastic membership organisation open to all those interested in contemporary mosaic art, whether you are an artist, a collector, student or enthusiast.

God is a Manc by Amanda McCrann

photo by Matilda Wigley

Stained Glass Triptych by Debbie Jones

photo by Matilda Wigley

BAMM also works with Topps Tiles to assist with two competitions each year – MegaMosaicMakers, which celebrates and encourages mosaic projects in primary schools and the Achievement in Mosaic Award, which rewards achievement by adult students attending mosaic classes and courses throughout the UK. This year, a member of the Chorlton Mosaic Group, Vicky Crosby, is the winner of the award for the North West region and her winning entry ‘Fun Train’ goes through to the national final. (You can see an image of Fun Train in my last post). The judge of the regional portfolios, David Tuhill, who has taught at various art colleges including the Royal College of Art praised the group’s submission, writing ”Each of the pieces submitted for this award show great skill and creativity and it is certainly one of the best packs of work I have seen this year; it was really difficult to choose just one winner.”

We’re all off to Topps Tiles in Sale tomorrow at 11.30am to watch Vicky receive her certificate of achievement and £100 voucher to spend in Topps Tiles to encourage her future mosaic work. For the rest of the class, we will receive £300 to spend on supplies for next term…….ONWARDS AND UPWARDS!!!!

Nip, Stick & Grout is at Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester M13 0FE. Opening times are limited, so please check their website for details.


The butterflies are landing

In the spring I worked with three local groups to create designs for butterfly mosaics for the new Butterfly Garden at the National Wildflower Centre. The mosaics were cast into concrete shapes in the summer and last week I went over to work out how they would be sited with Lucinda and Pete, aka The Hairy Gardener.



As you can see the garden was quite overgrown on the day we did the setting out. The white card denotes the position for the main butterfly, as seen below. If you click onto the link above to the hairy gardener’s blog, you’ll see what a transformation the volunteers have made to this space already. Pete is organising the planting scheme for the garden and it is going to look sensational – I’m giving away nothing – but I can tell you that you should definitely make a visit next March when this new Butterfly Garden will be in full bloom……..



Now then, I’ve still not received any guesses for the last butterfly identification competition but here’s another one: although it is stylised, can you identify the native butterfly species that is represented in this mosaic?

Yes, it is worth commenting if you know the answer because, of course, there is a PRIZE!!!! the person who sends the first correct answer will win a butterfly mosaic stepping stone kit (worth £34), posted to their address. The usual T & C apply (ask if you need a copy!!)

Congratulations Sophie, hope you enjoy your MakeMosaic sunflower kit!!

Congratulations Sophie! Here's your prize.

A sunflower Mosaic Wall Plaque Kit is on its way to Sophie for correctly identifying the Crown Imperial flower featured in one of our Mosaic Masterpieces from the April week-end course at Norton Priory.