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Christmas Crackers

2012 has been a fabulous year for all things MOSAIC in the North West.

Patricia (Lee) and I have enjoyed taking up the role of Joint Co-ordinators of BAMM North West and despite a difficult start to the year, we are pleased with our overall progress. For anybody in the region – we cover a very large area that includes Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Greater Manchester….pretty much every county south of West Yorkshire and north of (and including, I think!) both the East and West Midlands – please get in touch if you’d like to join!

'Flow' by Deborah Pitman

Flow by Deborah Pitman

In July, we ran our exhibition “Nip, Stick & Grout” at the wonderful Victoria Baths in Manchester. The exhibition showed mosaics made by members of BAMM North West (the piece above, ‘Flow’ by Deborah Pitman, was inspired by her visit to the baths) alongside work made by the talented mosaic enthusiasts who attend the Thursday evening “Mosaic Therapy” sessions with me in Chorlton. Here’s some recent work made by the group in the run-up to Christmas:

Christmas Mosaic Baubles by Mark

Christmas Mosaic Baubles by Mark

Debbie's Christmas Gift Mosaic

Debbie’s Christmas Gift Mosaic

Margaret's Mosaic Mirror

Margaret’s Mosaic Mirror

MORE TO COME in the North West

The year is not out yet and there are two end of year celebrations planned for next week – ‘Christmas Merriment’ drinks night in Manchester City Centre, Tuesday 18th December – all BAMM  Members and those interested in joining BAMM are very welcome. If you need further details, e-mail me!

Mosaic Class Christmas Meal is taking place in Chorlton on Thursday 20th December.


Roman Mosaic in progress, based on Lawrence's teaching

Roman Mosaic in progress, based on Lawrence’s teaching

FEBRUARY – In the New Year, we have an exciting opportunity on offer to attend a special workshop by Roman Mosaic expert, Lawrence Payne. Lawrence has his studio in Bury St. Edmonds but I’ve persuaded him to journey UP NORTH to provide a one-off workshop for us in Manchester. If you’re interested, book soon because we only have a few places left!!


SPRING – In the spring Chorlton Mosaic Group will be submitting their best mosaics for the annual Topps Tiles Achievement in Mosaic Award again. This year we were thrilled that one of our gang – Vicky – won best in region. Thanks to her fabulous ‘Fun Train’ mosaic, conceived (sorry!) for her new baby’s nursery, we were all winners. Vicky accepted a cheque for £100 as her prize and the class received a whopping £300 worth of materials from Topps.

Christmas Good wishes to all of you and wishing you all the best for the New Year!!!

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.


Chorlton Mosaic Group and BAMM North West are exhibiting work at the Victoria Baths ‘Water Palace’ in Manchester


PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 28th June 5pm-8pm

 DROP-IN MOSAIC WORKSHOP Sunday 1st July 1pm-4pm



Victoria Baths, a set on Flickr.

The glorious Victoria Baths Water Palace in Chorlton-on-Medlock in Manchester.