Debbie Ryan Mosaics

Mosaic mural installation       The contribution of the arts to health and well-being has long been recognised and debated. Not just through the creation of commissioned artworks for healthcare buildings, but also by engaging directly with patients, managers and healthcare staff to support their well-being and quality of life. In the wider community, the arts are said by some to contribute to health and wellbeing, to enhancing social relationships, social cohesion and a sense of purpose and engagement, and to building social capital – a suggested major determinant of health.

It is with these factors, and the consideration of the personal experiences and values of others, that Debbie prefers to create work with elements of collaboration, and often in more traditional mediums such as mosaic or glass.
Koru       This is a mosaic sculpture that I made during an artist residency at Earthskin Muriwai, in New Zealand.
Clyde       Clyde was commissioned by South Lanarkshire Council. The design of Clyde is based upon the local ancient valley woodland of South Lanarkshire.

Clyde was commissioned as a mosaic sculpture for the public art trail 'The Big Stampede' in Hamilton, Scotland. The sculpture was located in an external setting for public viewing. Then at the end of the exhibition. Clyde was sold in a charity auction in 2017 for the Big Stampede Charity Auction, thus raising over £7000 for Glasgow Hospital Children's Charity. Clyde was the top-selling sculpture for the event and will be placed in a community hub that is currently under construction.
Queenie       Guardian of the Bridges is a permanent mosaic sculpture sited next to the Forth in South Queensferry, Scotland.

This was a collaborative mosaic sculpture project that was designed and made with local primary school children. The surface of the sculpture is decorated by mosaics made in creative workshops held for school children. Their mosaics were embedded into the tesserae by the Artist and Project Manager Debbie Ryan.

Over 700 participants were involved in creative workshops. Commissioned by Queensferry Ambition and funded by Creative Scotland.
Bervie Coat of Arms       A new mosaic was commissioned to complete a sculpture trail. In the town of Inverbervie, Scotland.

This was installed at a site within a community garden in the town. The garden is being developed by a voluntary group called Brighter Bervie. They are currently planting some Scottish grown white roses as a compliment to the mosaic Coat of Arms.