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Johnson Tiles’ trio of community projects

September 2019

Johnson Tiles has shown its continued commitment to investing in communities across the UK with its latest material donations.

Most recently completed is a symbolic mural designed by local people, situated in Glasgow’s Queen’s Park Arena, which was officially unveiled in July.

Local artist Joanne Dawson was commissioned by Inhouse Events CIC to create the mural, with funding provided by Sustrans, the Walking and Cycling Charity.  Joanne turned to Johnson Tiles to provide the tiles required to create the mosaic, and the Stoke-based company generously agreed to donate the materials free of charge.

A real community project, the artwork design was created after consultation with local business owners and primary school children, who were asked to describe what the park symbolises to them.

Artist Joanne Dawson added: “The making of Queens Park Mural has been a greatly fulfilling experience, and truly a collaborative project from start right through to implementation.  I’m delighted to have shared the process with pupils, residents and organisations from the local area and I hope it’s enjoyed for many years to come.”

"Being at the heart of our own community in the Potteries, we understand the importance of engaging local people in creative projects.  So when we were approached to supply the tiles for the Queen's Park mural in Glasgow, we were honoured to help", comments Nigel Stannard, Commercial Director at Johnson Tiles.

This is not the only charity project that Johnson Tiles has recently been involved in. April saw the completion of a striking butterfly sculpture in Trentham Gardens, Stoke-on-Trent, crafted from materials donated by the tile manufacturer.   The project, which featured a total of 5,000 ceramic butterflies, was coordinated by the Donna Louise Hospice, with each of the intricate designs available to purchase to raise funds for the charity.

Earlier this year, Johnson Tiles also supported a fundraising venture for the Victoria Baths in Manchester in collaboration with Tile Giant. The in-house design team developed an exclusive product range inspired by the iconic Baths, with a percentage of each tile sold contributing to the Victoria Baths Trust for the restoration of the heritage site.

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