Mosaic shows way to Marlborough sheltered housing workshops

Arts Together members with artist Joanna Dewfall and their mosaic sign            

Visitors to Lawrence Acre in Marlborough will no longer get lost, thanks to a new mosaic sign created by Arts Together.

The group, which aims to improve the quality of life for isolated elderly people through art, meets at the sheltered housing accommodation on the estate once a week, for a 90-minute session.

But residents at Lawrence Acre and group members had complained that people often could not find the building, so they came up with a novel way to make it stand out.

Arts Together manager Karolyne Fudge-Malik said: “I used to stand by the road, in all weather, to flag down visitors to the group, as no one knew where Lawrence Acre was.

“Now there’s no missing the place and I can stay indoors. It looks lovely and they are really proud of it.

“Some people think that, as you get older, you are not capable of certain things, but this just proves that you can still create something fantastic, despite your age.”

The artwork was designed and made by the group over five sessions, with the help of mosaic artist Joanna Dewfall, who made the sign waterproof.

Aster’s sheltered housing scheme allows Arts Together to use its lounge for the weekly arts sessions and has donated £150 towards materials. The Marlborough group meets on Mondays and is open to new members.

Antony Higgins, of Aster Communities, said: “Supporting local groups is always one of our top priorities.

“The mosaic looks absolutely fantastic – lots of care and hard work clearly went into creating it and we’re really impressed with the results.”