The Dolphin Lane Mosaic Project is the creation of a large, and inspiring, themed mosaic for a public space in the centre of Boston.
Boston has a fascinating and frequently overlooked history. Legacies of the rich heritage story of the town are still evident today, featuring fine architecture from the medieval, Georgian and Victorian eras. The medieval period saw the rise of Boston as a major port, second only to London, and the construction of the impressive St. Botolph’s Church, known as ‘the Stump’. Trading with towns and cities through the North and Baltic Seas, it became part of the thriving Hanseatic League.
Transported Art project, Heritage Lincs and Boston Borough Council have commissioned (via National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Townscape Heritage Initiative) artist Karen Francesca to work with residents to create a new spectacular mosaic artwork on Dolphin Lane and develop the Boston School of Mosaics, a space for people to come together and learn skills in mosaic making.
Dolphin Lane sits at the heart of the town, one of several routes to the market place established in medieval period.
The site itself measures approximately 6 meters by 6 meters and comprises of three walls.
The aim of the project is to not only teach participants making skills but to also to celebrate heritage, make more people aware of Boston’s rich and unique history, engaging and connecting to long standing residents, more recent European nationals as well as visitors, as Boston continues to develop a visitor offer, with the growing public art collection a central element.
In the first phase of this project, Karen will be visiting Boston groups and venues to talk about the project, identify themes and stories and work with them to make some small mosaic sections.
In the workshops we will explore people’s personal and family stories, and we ask participants to bring photos for this. We will look at some history and heritage stories, think about the European context, cultural connections and make artworks/ collage/ texts.
Workshops will also be an experience of mosaic making, handling materials and looking at examples of ours and others work. Small mosaic sections will be made on fibre glass netting. We will also talk about the printed ceramic aspect and discuss design/ colour/ form and so on.
Sign up for the workshops here.