One of the first community arts projects that I led was the creation of the Bridge of Allan Primary School mosaic. Working with a small creative team drawn from across the primary school, we designed a unique commemorative mosaic panel. Partnering with local Artis Janie Marriot, a group of parents learned mosaic skills. We went on to run workshops with every class - from nursery to P7, including all school staff and teachers . Members of the community were also invited in to take part.
Once complete, we had four panel which together measures 1m by 4m. These pieces then went on tour around local businesses over the Summer holiday, forming a treasure trail for the pupils and their families to follow.
The mosaic was such a great hit with the community that a copy has been made and fixed in The Howf, a popular seating spot at the entrance to the village. Here it is being unveiled by some of the children involved in its design, along with Friends of Bridge of Allan who sponsored the reproduction.
Janie Meikle Bland