Mosaic Conservation Courses - 23rd Feb 2023 to 8th Mar 2023

Are you aged between 16-25 years old and interested in a career in craft skills? Two traditional mosaics training courses will soon be hosted at Lower City Mills run by Helen Miles, a renowned industry expert.

Particularly popular in the classical world, mosaics have been used for a very long time to add interest to a floor or wall, incorporating a design using small regular or irregular pieces of coloured stone, glass or ceramic. During the early 20th century, they were very popular at threshold entrances to shops, often incorporating the name of the business, the date the shop was established, or the goods sold. It is with a view to extend the number of people who are skilled at this technique, incorporating or choosing it as a career, that we are running these courses free of charge.

Course #1: Thu & Fri 23&24th Feb

The first course is an introductory course over two days. Participants will learn about tools, materials and design alongside traditional cutting and laying techniques. You will also create a piece of your own to take home.

Course #2: Mon-Wed 6-8th March

On the second course, running over 3 days, participants will cover the same learning areas and contribute to a real conservation project involving the re-laying of a large mosaic embedded into the pavement outside Lower City Mills.

Further details

Both courses will involve a little theory and lots of real, hands-on experience and participants who complete it will receive a certificate in practical conservation. Tools, gloves, materials etc. will be provided. Participants should bring stout shoes and working clothes. Outdoor working clothes may be of benefit for the second course as we’ll spend a day installing the mosaic. Lunch is not provided.

There will be a maximum of 6 places on each course, selected on a first come, first served basis. You will be informed by email if your application is successful.

Eligibility – Participants must be between 16-25 years old and interested in a career in craft skills.

Please note – schools participants should fill out a different schools form as the dates for these courses differ.

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This project is supported by Historic Environment Scotland and the Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust as part of our Building Skills, Inspiring Futures programme.

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