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New Mosaics to be Unveiled

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June 2007

Five exciting new mosaics will be delivered to Alloa next week.

The artworks will be installed at Carronvale Homes new housing development at The Grange in Alloa and are the latest product of the Council's link with Glasgow School of Art.

Two of the circular mosaics, called roundels, were created by internationally renowned Hungarian porcelain artist Sandor Dobany. Sandor then tutored 2nd and 3rd year ceramic art students through a design competition to win the chance to create the other three ceramics.

The roundels will arrive at Grange Road at 11am on Wednesday 27th June. You are invited to send a photographer.

Partnership portfolio holder Councillor Kenny Earle said: "This is an exciting collaborative project and I am delighted that another unique artwork has been created for Clackmannanshire. The Council's extensive public art programme aims to build creative work into new infrastructure developments and it is pleasing to see that this sought after new housing development, which is within the town's conservation area, has benefited from this initiative."

Sandor Dobany, who possesses enviable expertise in architectural ceramics, is a visiting lecturer at Glasgow School of Art.

Bill Brown, head of ceramic design at Glasgow School of Art, said: "The students are absolutely thrilled to have had this opportunity and that their work will be seen in the community. This has been a great experience for them to work with a professional and a client on a real 'live' project. They have also learned a lot about Alloa, its industries and landmarks."

Carronvale Homes, who have built 54 homes at The Grange, commissioned this work in association with Clackmannanshire Council.

This follows the creation of a ceramic mosaic at the entrance to Dollarbeg castle and county estate in Dollar by Glasgow School of Art students, working with Sandor.

Cultural Planner Kathleen O'Neill said: "Cultural and Community Services is delighted to celebrate this ongoing programme of work with Glasgow School of Art. This is the second successful partnership with Glasgow School of Art initiated by Cultural and Community Services, and underwrites a future for extraordinary joint working."

The ceramic students researched the heritage of the area and produced the result of their findings in exhibition form, to be judged. The work that contributed to the design process will be on public view from 2nd July at the Clay Pot, Delph Road, Tullibody.

The Clay Pot is a new, small ceramics shop in Tullibody, extending cultural links and promoting public arts policy in Clackmannanshire.

For more information please contact Kathleen O'Neill on 01259 452464.