Hackney Mosaic Project offers sneak peek of work in progress alphabet


The Hackney Mosaic Project has revealed the first half of its alphabet mosaic, set to be unveiled in the coming months.

The second half of the project is nearing completion, and the mosaic will be mounted onto its wall once the weather becomes warmer, so that the adhesive is more effective.

The alphabet artwork will be placed in the children’s playground in the West Hackney Recreation Ground at St Paul’s Church, Stoke Newington. It will be placed alongside the mosaic of numbers already mounted on the wall.

The Hackney Mosaic Project is an initiative led by Tessa Hunkin that aims to give comfort and support to people in recovery from addiction and mental health issues.

Ms Hunkin told the Hackney Post of the importance of the group for helping its members: “We started off as a temporary thing about five years ago. We were working mainly with people in recovery, with the Hackney Recovery Service.

“Since then we also work with people in recovery from mental health problems and people from our local community.

“It’s about the activity – anybody can come along.”

“Hackney Mosaic Project has profoundly changed my life.”

In the a testimonial on the group’s website, Billy, who has suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), describes how the project has helped him.

“Hackney Mosaic Project has profoundly changed my life.  When I first joined the group I was severely unwell with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and struggling to stop over-using cannabis.  

“The project gave me a constructive way to use my time creatively, doing something which contributes positively to my local community.

“This was a huge boost to my (extremely low) self-esteem and gave a structure to my days which I sorely needed.  The non-judgmental acceptance and encouragement which Tessa and members of the group offered helped me feel like a valid human being for the first time in many years.”

The group used to be funded by the Hackney Council, but are now funded by commissioning their artwork.