Hackney Mosaic Project holds first solo gallery show

Yoga's peacock mosaic

Yoga's peacock mosaic - Credit: Archant

An exhibition this weekend showcases works by artists who have trained at a mosaic project set up to help people recovering from addiction and mental health problems.

Tessa and Yoga working on his peacock mosaic

Tessa and Yoga working on his peacock mosaic - Credit: Archant

The Hackney Mosaic Project which was set up by Tessa Hunkin four years ago has attracted a core group of participants who have developed high levels of skill and technique.

The group has completed public mosaic commissions in Shepherdess Walk, St Pauls Churchyard in Stoke Newington, Hackney Downs and at Sainsbury’s supermarket in Old Street, but it is their individual work which will be on display at the gallery in Hoxton.

Tessa said: “I feel their work is now so skilled and they are so good that it would give them confidence to see it displayed like professional work, because I think they are up there. They have also developed very individual styles and this group show will also provide an opportunity to appreciate the richness and variety of the work produced.

“The manual activity is therapeutic and calming, and the group activity is friendly and relaxed, helping people re-establish social bonds and strengthening their recovery.”

The exhibition at the Mercer Chance Gallery, 253 Hoxton Street, is open Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 2pm.