Prizes and Judging 2014
The competition, was created by Anne Cardwell of ‘Making Mosaics’ www.makingmosaics.co.uk, for BAMM with the support and sponsorship of Topps Tiles. It will be judged by David Tootill of Southbank Mosaics. Situated in the crypt of St John’s Church, Waterloo, Southbank Mosaics have over 200 installations in the world’s premier cultural estate: the Southbank, as well as other locations in central London. Achievements include the ten year project to create Blake’s Lambeth, supported by English Heritage, which when complete in 2015 will have 70 of William Blake’s works exhibited on the streets around where Blake lived in Hercules Rd; and the studios’ portrait images, supported by the Arts Council, which include installations on the front of Morley College. www.southbankmosaics.com. Also judging, President of BAMM Gary Drostle, an inaugural judge of Mega Mosaic Makers – Gary has been making large scale public mosaics for over twenty years including many school and community mosaics, www.drostle.com . Gary remarks, “it is wonderful to see the variety and liveliness of this years Mega Mosaic entrants, I believe that this competition should be an inspiration to all schools looking to devise creative, collaborative and dynamic arts projects and a great lesson in the benefits of involving mosaic artists in schools”.
Norma Vondee is a new judge; a very experienced mosaic artist based in Wapping, London, Norma has made many significant public installations which can be viewed on her site www.normavondeemosaics.com. Many of her beautiful works are to be found around the East End of London where she lives and works. Norma is excited about her first year of involvement in the Mega Mosaics competition.
Anne is also assisted by Jaine Marriott, a mosaic artist (jainemarriottmosaics.co.uk) who works in schools and communities throughout central Scotland. “I have seen how instinctively and creatively children engage with mosaic and by being involved with Mega Mosaics, I hope to make it easier for schools throughout the country to have the opportunity to work with an artist and experience the joys of mosaic making”.
In reaching a decision, the judges will try to balance several factors; recognising projects which are clearly driven by the original ideas of the children and while also wanting to reward the high quality of execution and finish that so many mosaics display, it is important to see that adult help is evidently given with a light touch.
Therefore judges will;
- Favour child originated concepts
- Give consideration to the size of the group
- Consider the ages of the children and how far adults were involved in the making.
We hope that schools will be encouraged by the fabulous mosaics entered in previous years. If you feel inspired to enter but have not yet made a mosaic with your school please read the articles posted by mosaic artists, with hints and tips on the process of mosaic making with children, on the BAMM site under EDUCATION and also on the Education pages of this site. Topps Tiles have been involved on the community promoting mosaic for many years and some of the projects supported by them can be viewed here, Topps in the Community.
Prizes: generously sponsored by Topps Tiles. The prizes consist of mosaic materials vouchers to the value shown. The vouchers will be despatched after the competition has been judged, approximately at the end of 2012.
The winner and two runners ups will receive prizes as outlined below. Highly commended/runner up prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the judges. If leader and school are the same the full amount will be awarded.
1st PRIZE £200 each to school and leader
2nd PRIZE £100 each to school and leader
3rd PRIZE £50 each to school an leader
NEW! ‘MOST CREATIVE’ PRIZE £100 for school and leader will be awarded at the judges discretion. This category most possibly, but not exclusively, may lend itself to a smaller size mosaic, which may otherewise be overlooked in favour of those of a grander scale.