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Grenfell Memorial Community Mosaic

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 and along the route of the Silent Walk. Each month a different community, faith group or school work with ACAVA artist Emily Fuller and local artist Tomomi Yoshida to create a new section to add to the artwork.

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With support from Grenfell Foundation.

 

Phase three: mosaic stepping stones

September 2021 – June 2022

During phase three of the Grenfell Memorial Community Mosaic, 37 mosaic stepping stones will be co-created with local residents and installed at intervals along the route of the Silent Walk.

The pieces will be circular, feature a green mosaic heart – a symbol now synonymous with Grenfell – and depict the word 'Justice' in the various languages that were spoken in Grenfell Tower.

The project aims to commemorate and help to memorialise the Grenfell tragedy by documenting the Silent Walk and its significance to the local and wider community and history of North Kensington.

The third and final phase of the project launches in September 2021 and will be installed on the fifth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, in June 2022.

North Kensington residents are invited to co-create the pieces with artists Emily Fuller and Tomomi Yoshida. Please register your interest here if you would like to participate.

 

Phase two: mosaic leaves

September 2019 – June 2021

Thanks to the 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 the 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.

The last four mosaic pieces of phase two of ACAVA's Grenfell Memorial Community Mosaic were installed in June 2021, in time for the fourth anniversary of the fire. The mosaic leaves were created by school communities from Barlby, Bevington and Oxford Gardens primaries, and bereaved and survivor families from Grenfell United, with support from artists Emily Fuller and Tomomi Yoshida. More information on this page.

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

  • September 2019: Lancaster West Estate Tenant and Resident Association
  • October 2019: Kids on the Green
  • November 2019: 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
  • August 2020: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School
  • September 2020: Kensington Aldridge Academy
  • October 2020: Created by the wider community of North Kensington.
  • November 2020: Avondale Park Primary
  • December 2020: St Clements & St James and St Thomas' CE Primaries
  • January 2021: Thomas Jones Primary
  • February 2021: St Charles RC Primary
  • March 2021: St. Mary's RC Primary
  • April 2021: No leaf was added due to Covid-19
  • May 2021: Colville Primary and Golborne and Maxilla Nursery School
  • June 2021: Barlby Primary, Bevington Primary, Oxford Gardens Primary and Grenfell United

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

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

 

Phase one: mosaic petals

July 2018 – June 2019

With 12 groups in total, each is 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 the 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 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"

 

Related programme: Young Photographers

ACAVA offers paid part-time photography work placement opportunities for young adults who have strong connections to North Kensington. The mentees undergo a work placement documenting the Grenfell Memorial Community Mosaic project, alongside professional photographer Zute Lightfoot. For more details on Young Photographers visit this page.

 

Kindly supported by The Grenfell Foundation

 

Image credits: Zute Lightfoot and Ashleigh Ramel