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Wells in Mosaic is a community project to install a beautiful piece of permanent art adjacent to the Bishop’s Barn in Wells. It will be a six-metre diameter mosaic circle in the form of a walkable map of the historic city centre, along with many artistic and informative features, which will be a legacy for all to enjoy for centuries.

The mosaic will be of national significance but a project of this size and quality does not come cheap, so all donations are very much appreciated, however large or small.

See our Sponsorship Options, or if you’d just like to send us a donation, please click the paypal link below…

See our list of EVENTS where you can help our project while having fun!

View/Download our full T&Cs

Current progress

Last updated: June 2020

We now have the full design printed and in Ruth’s workshop, she has started laying tiles onto the design and we have the very first section built and stored away. But don’t get too excited, because the design is a circle the first section is the smallest of them all; as she progresses towards the centre it will take longer & longer to complete each section!

The first picture shows the first section cut away, ready for storage

The second picture shows work on the next section. Note: this picture has been inverted so you can read the text, Ruth actually has to work with the design back-to-front, for techical reasons


This project is 100% funded by donations/sponsorship, if we don’t raise the funds then it won’t happen!

See our Sponsorship Options, or if you’d just like to send us a donation, please click the paypal link below…

Or see our list of EVENTS which also help our funds but gives you a chance to have some fun too

View/Download our full T&Cs

We’ll keep an updated record our our fundraising in the ’tileometer’ below, so check back often to see how we’re progressing… 

Our latest sponsor was Waitrose, via their ‘Community Matters’ token scheme, so a big thank you to them


If you have any other questions about donating to the project or sponsoring us, please email us directly HERE

Our main sponsors to date

We are very grateful for the help given to us by the following organisations…


Whilst we’ll rely on a much bigger network of people throughout this project, at it’s core there are only five of us working to make the mosaic a reality…

Steve Wilson

Originally from the North East, Steve found himself in Wells in 2004 and never left! First in a job that took him far and wide, he then had the King’s Head from 2007 – 2013. He now has The Square soft play centre on Priory Rd. Steve has been involved in various Wells projects but Wells in Mosaic is by far the most ambitious at the moment!

“I really believe that everyone should get involved with at least one community project in the area where they live, and I’m passionate about bringing this unique piece of art to Wells for many future generations of locals and visitors to enjoy”


Ruth Ames-White

Ruth has been passionate about the arts all her life studying them in various forms. In 2003, when she completed her first mosaic, she knew this ancient art form was to be her future. As a mosaicist, Ruth is influenced by her environment and Wells, England’s smallest city, and her home for over 45 years, provides a constant source of inspiration. Much of Ruth’s work is commission based, privately or through public art – you may remember her wonderfully elegant mosaic swan, “Arcus”, from the “Swans of Wells” event. Over the years Ruth has honed her skills, underpinned by her natural creativity. She works with a broad range of materials and techniques to produce exquisitely detailed pieces. Ruth loves every step of the creative process from developing initial concepts and ideas, through to completion of art works that will endure the tests of time.

“Wells in Mosaic is a fantastic project and one I feel hugely privileged to be designing and creating for our wonderful city.”


Philip Welch

Philip stepped down from the project team in 2020 due to other commitments, including his role as a local councillor, but we have kept him listed here as his help was invaluable across the previous years since inception, and he remains a loyal supporter.

After serving as editor of the Wells Journal, four other Somerset weekly newspapers and their associated websites for 16 years, Philip is allegedly retired. Now Philip devotes his time to voluntary work and his wife Caroline says he is busier now than in full-time employment. His responsibilities include Vice-chair of Wells Civic Society, organiser of a series of Blue Plaques around Wells, Vice-chair of the Heads Up mental health charity’s trustees, founder member of the Campaign to Make Wells a Dementia Friendly City, presenter on GFM community radio, trustee of Somerset Spark, Ambassador to Wells Girlguiding, and an organiser of Wells SOUP which raises money for local charities.

“This will be one of the most impressive mosaics in Britain.”


Chris Winter

Chris made Wells her home over twenty years ago and it is still her favourite historic city. She brings a vast amount of knowledge to our project after many years working in the heritage sector. She also has experience of community projects, fundraising, project management, financial and business management and event organisation, so she is a valuable contributor on the team.

“As chair of Wells Civic Society, I was delighted to be able to give our complete support to this ambitious project. I believe that public art should represent contemporary design and skills as well as examples from the past, which are so well represented in Wells. I hope I can help bring this project to fruition with other members of the team and the people of Wells, for the enjoyment, and even education, of many generations of residents and visitors to Wells.”


Ian Ames-White

Ian divides his time between working in London and his office in Wells and although born in London, always longs to get back to England’s smallest City and the family home. The project has a number of areas, behind the scenes, that are not as glamorous as the finished work of art are yet just as critical to ensure the work can be completed successfully to schedule and constructed in such a way as to ensure its longevity. Ian, working with the team and utilising his experience is ensuring that everything back stage is running smoothly and supporting all aspects of the project. That’s as well as providing Ruth with copious cups of tea and general gofer duties.

“Public Art is an important aspect of any community & to be involved in this project, providing a superb heritage for Wells, is incredibly exciting.”



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