Mosaic for me, is a combination of materials with inherent beauty, the playing of light on the surfaces, and the creativity of the artist. This collecting together of thoughts and objects result in a complete work of art which can be meticulously planned or spontaneous; extravagant or restrained. Throughout history mosaics have endured as an art form because of a human fascination with this ordering of materials and ideas into a permanent form.

Alison Hepburn


I studied fine-art painting at St Albans and Exeter Colleges of Art. I then worked as an illustrator for 10 years, working on commissions for books, national magazines, newspapers, and greeting cards. While working as an illustrator, my work developed a highly decorative style, which led to me being a winner in the National Silver Trust Competition in 1993 to design a plate for the 10 Downing Street ceremonial dinner service.

I now create mosaics for private commissions and exhibitions in the UK and Europe and am a member of the British Association for Modern Mosaic. In recent years I have taken part in various exhibitions.

In 2006 I organised the Symbols of Faith exhibition in York Minster which was open 1st-30th September 2006. This included, finding the venue and negotiating with the Minster, currating the applications and hanging the exhibition.

I prepared the sucessful proposal for the group exhibition at Wakefield Art Gallery Yorkshire 2007 including; choosing the artists, sourcing biographies and images from the artists and preparing the formal application document.

I am a member of the Northern Area group of BAMM a group of mosaic artists, group exhibitions, technique demonstrations and bringing together solo artists in the area.

Exhibitions in 2017

  • Hundreds and Thousands Exhibition
    12th-23rd June | Rural Arts (The Courthouse) 4 Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS

    Professional mosaic artists Alison Hepburn, Sue Kershaw and Angela Ibbs join together in their latest mosaic exhibition 'Hundreds and Thousands'.

    The mosaics are inspired by a combination of nature and geometry and have been created from thousands of intricately hand-cut pieces of glass and ceramic.

    The materials used include traditional mosaic tiles from Italy and France, shards of teacups from Ganges clay, vintage crockery, stained glass, seashore glass from Palermo, gold leaf smalti, sicis glass and French porcelain.  
  • Fly to Freedom
    I am participating in BAMM North’s installation at Hull’s Paragon Station as part of the City of Culture 2017.

    A mural of over a hundred mosaic birds will be installed in the station in autumn . In amongst them will be these four by me.