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Grenfell Memorial Community Mosaic

Image one and three: Zute Lightfoot

 

The Grenfell Memorial Community Mosaic is a project initiated in May 2018 by ACAVA in partnership with Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre.

The mosaic is an ever growing installation situated at the base of Grenfell Tower. Each month a different community or faith group, who were instrumental in supporting local people following the aftermath of Grenfell Tower fire, work with ACAVA artist Emily Fuller and local artist Tomomi Yoshida to create a new section to add to the artwork.

It is important to us that this project continues to be participatory, engaging directly with the local community but, in light of Covid-19, we have temporarily suspended the programme delivery. 
As lockdown measures are eased, we will be able to commence workshops again in a safe manner. We will be introducing a new booking system for forthcoming workshops and will keep everyone updated via Social Media.

 

Phase One: Petals

With 12 groups in total, each are invited to choose a word to feature on their piece, and over a series of workshops fabricate a petal which is then added to the installation on 14th of each month.

Designed by the artists, the centrepiece of the mosaic, encompassing 12 evergreen interlocking hearts, symbolises the interconnectedness of the North Kensington community. It was unveiled on 14 June 2018 to mark the one-year memorial since the tragic fire, and was created during open sessions to which the whole community could attend.

Once complete the large-scale floral installation was unveiled on the 14 June 2019 marking the second anniversary of the fire. It will stay at the base of the tower until the hoarding is removed, when it will be dismantled and each petal given back to the community and faith groups. The centre of the flower was given to Grenfell United as a token of support and solidarity from the people of North Kensington.  

July 2018
Latimer Community Church: “Love”

August 2018
LCAT & Henry Dickens Community Centre: “Hope”

Sept 2018
Clement James Centre: “Unity”

Oct 2018
Everyone Active & Westway Trust: “Solidarity”

Nov 2018
The Notting Hill Methodist Church: “Respect”

Dec 2018
North Kensington Fire Service: “Courage”

Jan 2019
Al Manaar: “Together”

Feb 2019
Rugby Portobello Trust: “Grace”

March 2019
The V1llage: “Change”

April 2019
QPR Community Trust: "Resilience"

May 2019
Harrow Club: "Future"

June 2019
ACAVA (open community sessions): "Forever"

 

Phase Two: Leaves

Thanks to support from the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation, Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre and ACAVA have taken the project onto its second phase Grenfell Memorial Community Mosaic project: Bloom.
 
Over a two-year period, the second phase sees a series of mosaic leaves, fabricated by North Kensington community groups, tenants and residents associations and schools, added to the existing artwork on 14th of each month, commencing September 2019.
The design brief for the leaves has taken inspiration from local participants as well as foliage from trees close to Grenfell Tower. The 24 leaves feature 72 gold flecks, paying tribute to the lives sadly lost in the fire.

Al Manaar and ACAVA would like to thank all groups who have expressed interest in taking part in phase two of Bloom to date.

So far the following groups have made a leaf:

September 2019
Lancaster West Estate Tenant and Resident Association

October 2019
Kids on the Green

November 2019
The SPACE & Bramley House Tenant and Resident Association

December 2019 (two leaves)
Trees for Grenfell & Just Solutions 123 and Baraka & EPCA Supplementary Schools

January 2020
Silchester Estate Tenant and Resident Association

February 2020 
Maxilla Social Club

March 2020
Midaye and Grenfell Tower site team

April and May 2020
Project suspended due to Covid-19 pandemic (these leaves will be created later in the year)

June 2020
Humanity for Grenfell

July 2020
Hestia, KCSC, VCKC, Venture Centre staff

For regular updates about the project please follow: @Almanaar/mchc and @ACAVAFlourish

Proud to be working with the K&C Foundation through their Grenfell Community Development Fund.

 

Photography Work Placements

ACAVA is offering a series of paid part-time photography work placement opportunities for local young adults to work on this project alongside our commissioned photographer Zute Lightfoot. For details on how to apply, please email our programme manager at lisa (dot) nash (at) acava (dot) org

Our current young photographer is Jason Garcia Urbano, due to the pandemic his placement has been extended, however we will be recruiting again later in the year. The opportunity will be advertised here, so do keep an eye out if you would like to apply.