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Secondary Schools

The Mosaic Rooms works in collaboration with local secondary schools on special projects which are artist and participant-led, and which are purposeful and relatable to the lives of those taking part. You can visit The Mosaic Rooms with your school; get in touch to arrange this by contacting learning@mosaicrooms.org.

Resources for educators
We have created a resource to enable teachers and other arts practitioners to replicate or adapt School Studio: Structure Restructure in their own educational settings. It contains session plans for both projects, lists of materials needed and reference-artworks, as well as learning outcomes and conversation points. You can download this resource here or ask us to give it to you when you arrive.

We have created a resource for students in Key Stage Three, which is inspired by the Constellations of Multiple Wishes exhibition and includes discussion and a creative activity.


School Studio: Structure, Restructure
Returning for its third consecutive year, our 2023 schools project saw artists Aya Haidar and Nia Fekri working with two local secondary schools to produce a six-week programme of workshops which encouraged students to consider and reconsider power structures all around them – starting with their schools.This project began in February 2023. Join our community mailing list for more information about this project – email learning@mosaicrooms.org if you would like to join. Read more about this project.


School Studio: Mend and Repair

Commissioned by The Mosaic Rooms, artists Aya Haidar, Marwan Kaabour, and Rosie Thwaites worked with three local secondary schools to produce a four-week programme of workshops exploring themes of emergence, transformation and healing after two years of living with the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more about our 2022 Schools Project.

Between Here and There 

Between Here and There was a collaboration between students from Kensington Aldridge Academy and artist Harold Offeh which took place in January 2022. The group worked together to explore ideas of place and belonging through mapping, recording, and moving within spaces both inside and around this school and The Mosaic Rooms gallery. Read more about this project.

Lockdown Diaries: Over & Out

In summer 2021, The Mosaic Rooms worked with three local secondary schools on the project Lockdown Diaries: Over & Out. The project was led by artists Aya Haidar and Marwan Kaabour. During the month long project the artists invited students to use different story telling methods used by contemporary artists, to explore their personal experiences of the pandemic Read more about our 2021 Schools’ Project.

Lockdown Diaries: Over & Out – School Project 2021

Lockdown Diaries: Over&Out was The Mosaic Rooms’ schools special project for 2021.

Artists Aya Haidar and Marwan Kaabour worked with three local secondary schools to explore storytelling in contemporary art. What had the past year meant to young people? Using different story telling tools, students were invited to reflect and process their lived experience of the Coronavirus pandemic. Artworks by the students are on digital display in the gallery at The Mosaic Rooms until 26 September 2021.

The project was inspired by artists who use different forms storytelling to process challenging circumstances and emotions. It drew on art works in the Fehras Publishing Practices exhibition and of contemporary artists from South West Asia and North Africa, art works that help to transport lived experience into narratives that are easier to digest and which may offer new possibilities for the future. At the end of the project students had produced a record of their stories. The student groups then came to visit the gallery and meet the artists to see the exhibition and reflect on their experience of the project.

Lockdown Diaries: Over&Out followed on from The Mosaic Rooms 2020 schools project Together Apart which worked with students under the first Covid 19 lockdown in the UK. This second project marked a different moment one year later and encouraged the young people to look back on what they wish to remember.

The project was launched live online via Zoom, week recorded videos were released on The Mosaic Rooms’ Vimeo. Other schools are invited to use the resources to teach their own students, contact Creative Learning Curator Najia Bagi for details through info@mosaicrooms.org.

Week 1 Video – Lockdown Diaries: Over&Out


Week 1 PDF

Week 2 Videos – Lockdown Diaries: Over&Out




Week 2 PDF

Week 3 Video – Lockdown Diaries: Over&Out


Week 3 PDF

Project partners

Lockdown Diaries: Over&Out project has been devised in partnership with three local schools Kensington Aldridge Academy, Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School and Holland Park School, and was shaped collaboratively with teachers from those schools to make sure that the project offered perspectives and activities that are not currently covered in the school curriculum.


School Studio: Mend & Repair – School Project 2022

School Studio Mend & Repair Project logo

About this project

School Studio: Mend & Repair is this year’s iteration of The Mosaic Rooms’ annual Schools Project. It follows on from our 2021 Schools’ Project Lockdown Diaries: Over & Out.

Artists Aya Haidar, Marwan Kaabour, and Rosie Thwaites are working with three local secondary schools to explore themes of emergence, transformation and healing after two years of living with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Through engaging with and intervening on an object of their choice over four weeks, students are being guided through a reflective process, giving them alternative ways to work with ideas of healing, extending, layering, repairing, coping, adjusting, mending, and transforming.

Artists referenced in this project include Mounir Fatmi, Veronica Ryan, Leeroy New, Joe Minter, and Kobby Adi. As a jumping off point, students have been introduced to a number of artists who have used found/ ‘Readymade’ objects as part of their practice including Louise Bourgeois and Maurizio Cattelan.

The project launched with a week of in-person workshops at the schools participating in the project (Kensington Aldridge Academy, Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, and Holland Park School). Following these kick-off workshops, students are following along a series of weekly videos and prompts prepared by the artists.

Other schools are invited to use the resources from this project to teach their own students. Contact Creative Learning Co-ordinator Becca Thomas for the School Studio: Mend & Repair Project Resource (available in July 2022) through learning@mosaicrooms.org.

About the artists

Aya Haidar graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art, during which she completed an exchange program at School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She then went on to graduate with an MSc in NGOs and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Aya’s current work focuses on the recycling of found and disposable objects making poetic works that explore labour, displacement, domesticity, womanhood and memory, with a particular focus on the Middle East through the histories contained within aged, and culturally specific objects.

Aya has been involved in numerous social engagement projects, including Deveron Projects residency program, Mosaic Rooms’ Together Apart: Lockdown Diaries, Cubitt’s Out of Service, INIVA’s A Place for Conversation, V&A’s Record, Resist, Reframe, Tate’s Illuminating Cultures program and INIVA’s Emotional Learning Cards, as well as being selected for Hans Ulrich Obrist and Hoor Al Qasemi’s Do It Arab project (2016).

Marwan Kaabour is an independent graphic designer and visual artist from Beirut. He moved to London in 2011 to pursue a master’s degree in Graphic Design from the London College of Communication, then joined Barnbrook – one of the UK’s most formidable and celebrated design agencies – as Designer and later Senior Designer. His work with institutions, brands and individuals in the art and cultural sector ranges from creating visual identities, publication and exhibition design, to marketing campaigns, wayfinding systems and art direction.

He has worked with some of the world’s most exciting cultural institutions and publishers including Phaidon, Art Basel, V&A Museum, The National Gallery, Museum Brandhorst, Thames & Hudson, Serpentine Galleries, Hayward Gallery, Somerset House, and South London Gallery. He designed the much-celebrated Rihanna book, which was named as one of Time magazine’s best photo books of 2019.

He founded his own design practice in 2020, where he continues working and collaborating with artists and art institutions. In 2019, he founded Takweer, a platform that explores and archives queer narratives in Arab history and popular culture.

Rosie Thwaites is a creator of content for children – written, visual, multimedia and educational. She has made content for schools, charities, television and online. Her work is informed by her solid background in teaching and arts-education programme management.

Rosie studied Fine Art BA at Goldsmiths. After completing a PGCE in 2003, she taught Art and Design in the state sector for 5 years (at secondary school level). In 2007, she joined the Royal Drawing School to create a London-wide arts-education programme providing intensive engagement with art for deserving young people aged 10-18.

She now creates education content for clients such as The Mosaic Rooms, Ragdoll Production Company, Children’s Story Hour, and The New School. She was long-listed for the World Illustration Awards in 2022.

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