MGSO4’s first community arts project has been unveiled – a 3 metre-high jigsaw map of the borough of Epsom & Ewell.
Children, teachers, parents and carers attended the MGSO4 Jigsaw launch event at Epsom Library where the artwork is now on semi-permanent display. All 24 primary and prep schools in the borough participated, contributing to produce an incredible artwork.
Back in March, each school was given a uniquely-shaped piece of the wooden jigsaw which was created by MGSO4 arts lead Ruth Shepherd, in the shape of Epsom & Ewell. Children were encouraged to designed and decorate the piece themselves, responding to the theme of ‘Our Town.’
The results are wonderful with some exceptionally creative and thoughtful work – one even accompanied by a poem. The clocktower and horses were a common theme but every piece has its own individual style.
Ruth Shepherd, visual arts lead, MGSO4 told the children: “The jigsaw is fantastic. I hope people come to the library to see and appreciate what we have done as a community. I chose to construct the jigsaw in circles, spiralling out. It demonstrates how we are all connected to each other in the borough, wherever we live.”
Surrey Libraries manager Caroline Darby also spoke at the event, praising the quality of the children’s creative work and saying what an attraction it would be for Epsom Library.
Materials for the jigsaw project were sponsored by Epsom Decorative & Fine Arts Society (EDFAS), and chair David Parmee presented prizes at the event. Saffiyah Nazir from Meadow Primary School was awarded a special best piece prize for herself and the school, donated by Great Art.
The MGSO4 Schools Jigsaw Map is now on display at Epsom Library in The Ebbisham Centre. (Open Monday-Saturday.)
Photograph by M Jarman.