Venue 12: Denise Jaques | Mosaic | Guest Artist

Open: Sat 9:30am-4:30pm, Sun 11am-3pm, Tues 10am-4pm & 6pm-8pm, Wed 10am-2:30pm, Thurs-Fri 10am-5pm.
Venue: Groovy Baby, 210 Leigh Road, SS9 1BS

Contemporary mixed media mosaics for the home and garden.

"20 years ago I was living just off of Leigh Broadway and visited the first ever Leigh Art Trail. The following year I decided to get involved with this fantastic community event, and having recently graduated from Central St. Martin’s College of Art & Design, I felt that Leigh was a place that I could continue to grow. Along with fellow artists Tricia North, Tessa Frampton and Yvonne Pedretti, we created Studio 12, Leighcliff Buildings- this was to become a wonderful hub of creativity.

For several years I took on my fair share of the running, distribution and funding application process etc. of the Leigh Art Trail. It was great to work behind the scenes, building it from strength to strength and having the opportunity to exhibit my work and to engage with the Leigh community. In 2007 we moved to Surrey for my husband’s work. It was with great sadness to leave family, friends and the unique creative town of Leigh-on-Sea. My young family and teaching commitments in Surrey have kept me very busy, but I have continued to create and develop my artwork.

I am thrilled and honoured to have been invited back for the 20th anniversary of the Leigh Art Trail. I feel like I am ‘coming home’ to a very special place and a very special event."

Denise Jaques is the winner of Surrey Artist of the Year 2016 and is a member of BAMM (British Association for Modern Mosaics).