Following extensive refurbishment to the church building in 2015, this commission was to create a mosaic feature in place of the old entrance doorway, just over two metres wide and almost three metres high.
The Church Committee wanted the design to reflect the values of the church whilst having universal appeal and to represent the church being part of Manchester’s multi faith network. Due to its position, we all agreed that we also wanted it to relate to the garden and convey a sense of welcome – ‘the door is open’. Referencing the bible’s creation story, tree of life (Genesis) and the water of life (Revelation) provided ample imagery.
Workshops held in the church hall allowed approximately 100 local people to learn skills and assist with the making of the mosaic, once the final design had been agreed. Four assistants were recruited from the weekly mosaic evening class that I run at this venue to staff the workshops. Andy Carroll & Son tiling company was subcontracted to install the work with me and it was opened by local MP Jeff Smith.
Chorlton Central Church
Vincent Abbey/Ian Brewerton/Lesley Husselbee/Bob Day