Collaborative Masterpiece for Coronation Garden
20 Jun 2023

A new mosaic has been unveiled at Meole Brace C of E Primary School and Nursery following a collaborative project involving their pupils and art students from Shrewsbury School.

A stunning new mosaic in the Coronation Garden at Meole Brace Primary School is the result of a three-year collaboration between Shrewsbury School creative arts students and younger pupils. 

The work was started in 2020 and continued after the pandemic, with older students teaching the younger ones mosaic-making techniques. It includes the primary school’s values of ‘community, respect and perseverance’. 

Head of Art at Shrewsbury School, Lucy Caddel, said: “This mosaic was a pleasure to work on with our Shrewsbury School creative arts students, GCSE and A-level artists and art scholars between 2020 and 2021 over field days and Thursday afternoon sessions. 

“We supported the primary school with resources and training in traditional Roman back-face mosaic-making (even making their own flour and water glue from a Roman recipe!). In the concept design we brought together the pre-Raphaelite style of the local Meole Brace church and the values of the school. These words ‘community’ ‘respect’ and ‘perseverance’ became even more significant through the pandemic. 

“The mosaic is a great example of the creative outreach we are doing as a school and a really positive and truly collaborative piece. Everyone in the school from reception to year 6 was involved, as well as staff and parents. It’s fantastic to see it installed in the coronation garden at the school reception.”

Stuart Cowper, Head of Partnership and Community Engagement at Shrewsbury School said: “This is one of many wonderful art-related partnership collaborations with local schools, and has been an important part of our bigger outreach programme which also includes dance, singing and music.  Well done to everyone involved for keeping the project alive over a long and difficult period - the result is fantastic.”

Hayley Lakin, Deputy Headteacher at Meole Brace C of E Primary School and Nursery added: “Working with Lucy and the talented students from Shrewsbury School was a real treat for our pupils. They thoroughly enjoyed seeing their creative ideas come to life and incorporating our school Christian values of Community, Respect and Perseverance. 

“We are very proud to have the mosaic centre stage in our Coronation Garden at the front of our school as it so perfectly illustrates the Christian vision of Meole Brace C of E Primary School and Nursery.”

The new mosaic at Meole Brace Primary School

Pupils at Meole Brace C of E Primary School inspect their handiwork at the unveiling of a stunning new mosaic in the school's Coronation Garden - the result of a joint project with Shrewsbury School creative arts students.