Mosaic project is a way of bringing peace with pieces

ARTISTIC Linvoy Primus helps to create a mosaic at the Jami Mosque. From left, project officer for Portsmouth City Council Bobby Nessa, with Melanie Stow and Fiona Hocking of Dot to Dot art.    Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (110455-1)
ARTISTIC Linvoy Primus helps to create a mosaic at the Jami Mosque. From left, project officer for Portsmouth City Council Bobby Nessa, with Melanie Stow and Fiona Hocking of Dot to Dot art. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (110455-1)
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A MOSAIC spreading the message of peace is being created for the outside of a Southsea mosque.

The artwork, which measures 3m by 4.5m, is being co-ordinated by Paulsgrove community art group Dot to Dot, for the Jami Mosque in Victoria Road North.

The mosaic will have the message ‘peace is better’ in Arabic, with an English translation underneath.

It is costing £18,000 to complete and schools and community groups have been contributing to help create the artwork.

Money has been donated from Portsmouth City Football Club and Portsmouth City Council.

Pompey legend Linvoy Primus visited the mosque to help create the mosaic.

He said: ‘This is a great idea.

‘It helps bring the community together and signify unity.’

Once the mosaic is finished in March, it will be displayed outside on a wall of the mosque.

Melanie Stow, administration director for Dot to Dot, said: ‘This is a great project and we’re delighted with its progress so far.

‘The mosque has been very hospitable in letting us come here and work on the mosaic.

‘We had a designer from London come over, who came up with the concept.

‘Since then staff from Dot to Dot have been overseeing the project.’

Muhammad Muhi Uddin, Imam at the mosque, said: ‘The message we have picked is very clear – these days there is so much violence and fighting, but we want to be different from that.’

Dot to Dot received £10,000 funding from Portsmouth Football Club. The funds come from a pot of money the football team received when they played in the Community Shield match, after winning the FA Cup in 2008.

And Portsmouth City Council has given £8,000 from its ‘save the communities’ funding.

On Sunday from midday to 3.30pm, a mosaic session is taking place at Gunwharf Quays for people who want to take part in putting the artwork together.

Another session on Thursday, February 24, from 2pm to 4pm, is taking place at the Central Library, Guildhall Square.