October 27th, 2016

Positive Signs of colour in Leamington’s Old Town

A SPLASH of colour has been brought to a derelict pub in Leamington’s Old Town.

A series of mosaics illustrating nature and local landmarks are now brightening up the former Stoneleigh Arms Pub on Clemens Street.

They are the work of the Positive Signs mosaic group – a craft group which has met weekly at the Sydni Centre for the past two years learning the ancient art of making mosaics from ceramic and glass tiles.

The Positive Signs group has been run by local artists Fran Godwin and Sonia Kwasnik who are delighted to see the mosaics in such a prominent public place.

Fran told The Observer: “We have all learned a lot about mosaic design and making over the past two years and it’s great that people can see the results and that the mosaics can add so much beauty to this old building.”

Brunswick district councillor Kristie Naimo hoped to see more of the group’s work in the area, having previously placed

a mirror mosaic on a boarded up shop front next to Chez Rama on Clemens Street.

She said: “It’s wonderful to see such positive, community artwork involving local artists and residents. I look forward to more ‘positive signs’ from the group brightening up South Leamington.”

Positive Signs are hoping to carry on making mosaics but receive no funding, and are keen from anyone keen to provide backing. Email info@positivesignsmosaics.co.uk for further details.

Fran and Sonia thanked all who had already helped them, including Ken Kanwar of Chez Rama and the owners of the Stoneleigh Arms, and also the Big Lottery and Leamington Old Town Team.