A new Batley inspired mosaic created by artist Frances Taylor, along with local community groups and regulars of the Reunion CafĂ© in Batley, will be unveiled by the Mayor of Kirklees on Tuesday 10 March.
As part of our Artist@Work programme, Frances Taylor, of community arts organisation the Big Hoo-Ha Co, has been working in Reunion CafĂ© for the past three months with local groups such as the cadets, an Aspergers support group, a mums and kids group and an older peopleâ€™s luncheon club all helping to design the mosaic. Customers have also been joining drop-in sessions to help make the mosaic, which will be permanently displayed on the wall of the cafĂ©, celebrating all things Batley.
Frances is well known for her mosaics, having made and installed many large-scale indoor and outdoor works across Yorkshire. She has created designs for Chelsea Flower Show and the Eden Project, and in 2014 worked with people in West Yorkshire to create a commemorative mosaic for the Tour De France.
CafĂ© owner Sian Dawson said: â€śItâ€™s been great to have Frances working at the cafĂ© and capturing the imaginations of our customers. People here are passionate about celebrating Batley and itâ€™s been fantastic to see people come back week on week to offer ideas and see the work develop. I canâ€™t wait for everyone to see the results of all the hard work so if youâ€™re about in Batley, do pop by and see it!â€ť