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Lost valuable ceramic prompts schools' hunt

PUBLISHED: 17:05 03 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 23 August 2010

THE search for a missing mosaic by one of Britain s leading ceramicists has begun. A conservation group is appealing for help in finding the lost artwork laid at a Gravesend school in the 1960s by artist Alan Boyson. Mr Boyson s work has recently come u

THE search for a missing mosaic by one of Britain's leading ceramicists has begun.

A conservation group is appealing for help in finding the lost artwork laid at a Gravesend school in the 1960s by artist Alan Boyson.

Mr Boyson's work has recently come under the spotlight, with a similar feature produced in Salford receiving listed status and The Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society is desperate to find more pieces of his work so they can be preserved.

Chris Marsden, the society's secretary is leading the hunt.

He said: "Alan was hired to produce all kinds of works across the country in the '60s and we know he did two mosaics in Gravesend.

"There is one at Cygnet House, the former council offices on Windmill Street, which we know the council is looking to protect and another at a school.

"We would dearly love to find his other work."

Mr Marsden, who is based in Huddersfield, has contacted Gravesend Grammar and Thamesview schools to ask if it is on the premises, but had no luck.

He now hopes Reporter readers can help him solve the mystery

"If I am honest the chances are it has been built over as the school decided to build a new sports hall or the like. I expect to hear 'it was in the way so we demolished it in 1975' but even if that is the case I would love to hear from people from the school who remember it as art has such a profound way of affecting people's lives," he added.

Mr Boyson who is now in his late 70s is extremely reluctant to speak of his work, stating: "My work is by another person as I am not that same person I was then," and is unable to recall which school commissioned the glass and cement mosaic.

His other works include artwork at the Natwest Tower in London, Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral, a memorial at Birmingham Oratory which is undergoing conservation work and a massive glass mosaic which has been listed in Hull.

n Anyone who remembers the mosaic should contact Mr Marsden on 01484 656 863 and the news team on 01474 320749.

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