Following the success of the Great Mosaics Steps Community Project, a new series of workshops will be held in Solva Football Club this autumn. Solva Memorial Hall will soon celebrate its centenary and this project, supported by Solva Care, plans to enhance its planter and buttresses in time for this event.6 workshops will be held weekly from Thursday 18 October – 22 November. One session will be held in the afternoon between 2-4pm, and one in the evening between 6.30-8.30pm.
Cost will be £5 per session to cover materials for personal pieces which can be taken away. The leaders will again be Maddie Janes and Penny Dafforn. To reserve a place phone 01437 720901 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THEY ARE FINALLY OPEN!
In May, the Great Solva Mosaic Steps’s were officially opened to the community by Cabinet Member Councillor Phil Baker. There was a fine turnout by those who had made it happen, followed by tea and MamGu Welshcakes at Solva Memorial Hall. Thanks to everyone who made it happen – the artists Maddie Janes and Penny Calder, the Allen Lane Foundation, The Bluetits Open Water Swimmers and Pembrokeshire County Council.
GRAND OPENING OF THE GREAT SOLVA MOSAIC STEPS PROJECT
And they really are Great! All are welcome to join Solva Care at the steps opposite the church in Upper Solva on Thursday 24 May at 10.30am where they will be opened by Cabinet Member Councillor Phil Baker.
Followed by refreshments in the Memorial Hall for all. Everyone is welcome to celebrate this creative community project. We’re not putting any spoilers out there, but this is what they used to look like…
WORK ON THE STEPS HAS STARTED!
Johnny and Raymond from our partners Pembrokeshire County Council have started laying new slabs on the Pwll Melin lay-by steps ready for the installation of our fantastic mosaic panels. Another milestone reached in Great Solva Mosaic Steps Project.
On Wednesday 21 March, over 20 people attended a meeting to discuss ideas on other community projects that could be started using mosaics as the art form, in and around Solva.
Some people have already signed up for more classes – dates and venues to be decided. Keep an eye out for further announcements. Or contact Penny on 01437 720901 or Sue on 07817 410782.
MOSAIC STEPS MOONLIGHT SWIM FUNDRAISER
On Sunday evening of 3 December, join us for a full moon swim with Solva’s famous TV stars the ‘Bluetits’ (friends of Robson Green you know!). Then jump in the hot tub afterwards.
The event starts at Trinity Quay, Solva at 4.30pm when Santa arrives by boat (weather permitting). The short circular swim will commence at 6pm. Entry is £5 for adults which includes a glass of mulled wine, a mince pit and a sticker – plus certificates for the swimmers. There will also be a tombola with prizes and a tasty barbecue with meat kindly donated by Jon James.
Fundraising is for the handrails for The Great Solva Mosaic Project. So whether you are a swimmer, or not, please come and have lots of fun and help raise money for this enterprising community project.
A NIGHT ON THE TILES: THE GREAT SOLVA STEPS MOSAIC REVEALED!
On Wednesday night, Pembrokeshire residents crowded into Solva’s Memorial Hall to view the long-awaited results of Solva Care’s latest venture – the ‘Great Solva Steps Mosaic’ Project. An evening exhibition displayed the decorative panels intended to grace the steps at the Pwll Melyn lay-by in Upper Solva.
Created by over 25 members of the local community under the guidance of artists Maddie Janes and Penny Dafforn, the beautiful panels echo the colours and patterns of Pembrokeshire’s land, shore, sea and sky. This was the first time that they had been seen together – and they gave local residents a chance to view them and chat to the artists and creators.
The project – funded by the Allen Lane Foundation – is now looking forward to the New Year, when the mosaic panels will be installed on the steps with the assistance of Pembrokeshire County Council.
PROJECT UPDATE AND AN INVITE TO VIEW THE RESULTS
Led by artists Penny Dafforn and Maddie Janes, the masterclasses are going well and everyone is having a very enjoyable time. Each lesson involves learning new skills and putting them to good use by making something creative for Solva.
The frames for the lower steps are ready for the art fillers; the overall design is inspired by the beautiful colours and shapes of the land, sea and sky.
The mosaics will be displayed at the end of the last lesson on Wednesday 13 December at 8pm at Solva Memorial Hall. Everyone is welcome to come along and celebrate this important milestone in this great project.
THE GREAT SOLVA MOSAIC STEPS PROJECT
Our latest project started on 7 November 2017 with the aim of decorating the steps by the Pwll Melyn lay-by with handmade mosaics.
Grant funding has been given by Solva Care to connect the community through the arts. This will be used to fund the masterclasses run by artists Penny Dafforn and Maddie Janes and the materials. Classes are running until Wednesday 13 December.