Young people’s mosaic project helps brighten up Highfield Unit

Young people at the Highfield Unit in Headington have created a new mosaic to hang over the entrance to the building.

Young people’s mosaic project helps brighten up Highfield Unit

The mosaic will be a wonderful addition to the unit and bring a smile to the face of anyone visiting. It was designed by mosaicist Becky Paton based on drawings by the young people who were residents at The Highfield during the summer and together they completed the artwork over a week in the summer holiday.

The mosaic is a mixture of glass and ceramic tiles and is about 1.5m diameter. The design in the centre is a wave, surrounded by sun and land. Round the outside there are a mixture of coloured flowers with the letters spelling Highfield at the top of the mosaic.

Becky said: “Leading mosaic projects at the Highfield is always a highlight to my year.

“At the beginning of each project you never know which direction the young people will take it, but they always come up with ideas and designs that never fail to amaze me and then go on to make an excellent mosaic.

“The act of mosaic making is incredibly mindful and involves great teamwork. The positive effects of these attributes are tangible within the group, which is a joy to be part of and a strong reminder that creativity is a vital part of holistic care for individuals.”

The project was organised by Artscape and Kirsty Gawthorne, Senior Occupational Therapist at the Highfield.

Kirsty said: “Working alongside Becky and Tom on Mosaic projects are always incredibly successful with beautiful results on the unit. This piece is particularly special as it’s to be installed on the front of the Highfield building and therefore seen my many for many years to come.

“The design was well thought out by everyone, with careful consideration of the use of colour, imagery and composition. The young people were all excited to be a part of it and got very involved over the summer holidays and really enjoy Becky’s gentle but encouraging nature. It’s a really stunning Mosaic that we hope gives a sense of warmth and welcome to the Highfield.”

The project was funded by Oxford Health Charity and helped provided additional activities for the young people at the Highfield over the summer.

Tom Cox, Artscape project manager, said: “During the holidays young people can get bored easily. In term time they have school and then groups after school to keep them occupied.

“The holidays are a good time to have a break but sometimes the time can drag. Having a mosaic project gives them a focus and something rewarding to work on together. Both the staff and the young people really enjoyed it.”

You can follow Becky on Twitter @Discodoodle or on Instagram @beckypatonmosaics


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Published: 14 September 2021