About us

Working to commission, teaching and managing group projects

Zantium is a creative partnership specialising in participatory art projects

Bespoke mosaics and painted murals for interior or exterior settings

Founded in 1998 by Peter and Alison Massey, Zantium is a creative partnership specialising in participatory art projects. Based in Derbyshire but happy to travel, we have developed artworks all over the country from the Small Isles of Scotland to Guernsey.

Our aims are:

  • to combine unique design ideas with high quality craftsmanship
  • to encourage participation and enjoyment
  • to promote a sense of ownership and pride
  • Experience:  Over 16 years working in partnership with schools and communities
  • Professional artists: Degrees in Illustration and Design
  • Fully insured and enhanced DBS checked
  • Design: Bespoke artworks created to your individual specification
  • Group participation: Tailor made projects to suit the ages/abilities of participants
  • Materials: Excellent range of quality, high performance materials
  • Hours: Flexible to suit your needs. Days, evenings, weekends

What we do

Craft Courses

Craft Courses

Creative Craft Workshops

An exciting programme of art & craft courses held throughout the year at our beautiful home studio in the Derbyshire Peak District.

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Bespoke Mosaics & Murals

We welcome enquiries from private individuals or corporate clients. Our portfolio features a variety of work from mosaic to painted murals.

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Schools & Community

Schools & Community

Participatory Art Projects

  • Primary & Secondary Schools
  • Creative community projects
  • Art as therapy – Hospitals & day centres

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C. Brown
The mosaics have been of very high quality – both from a creative angle and also the materials used. The finished pieces are bright, colourful and have helped bring communities together during the whole creative process. We have been lucky to work with such professional and passionate people that obviously love their art and helping people achieve something wonderful.
C. Brown/Governor at St Edmunds Primary School, Notts
L. Hiron
Zantium made the project a delight to work on. They were fabulous at working with all age groups and brought the ideas of the children and older people to life in the mural. The finished product looks stunning thanks to the creativity, hard work and craftsmanship of Peter. Thank you Zantium for making it such a joy for everyone.
L. Hiron /Derbyshire County Council.


Alison Massey

Alison Massey

BA (hons) Textile Design

Alison studied at Leeds University and went on to work as a designer in the textile industry and lecturer in surface pattern. She now designs and makes mosaic for Zantium and manages the craft courses programme at Zantium Studios.

Peter Massey

Peter Massey

MA (RCA) Illustration

Graduating from London’s Royal College of Art in 1994, Peter worked originally as an illustrator specialising in children’s books and wildlife subjects. Clients included Ladybird Books Dorling Kindersley and the Natural History Museum in London. He now works as a mosaic and mural artist for Zantium and teaches the mosaic courses at Zantium Studios.


Our aim is to combine unique design ideas with high quality craftsmanship.

  • Experience:  Over 16 years working in partnership with schools and communities
  • Professional artists: Degrees in Illustration and Design
  • Fully insured and enhanced DBS checked
  • Design: Bespoke artworks created to your individual specification
  • Group participation: Tailor made projects to suit the ages/abilities of participants
  • Materials: Excellent range of quality, high performance materials
  • Hours: Flexible to suit your needs. Days, evenings, weekends

About us

Project Ideas - Working with Zantium

  • Art in schools

  • Community projects

  • Regeneration schemes

  • Adult education

  • Special needs groups

  • Artist in residence


Even the placement of a single tile makes a valuable contribution to the finished piece.

  • Wall panels
  • Paving, stepping stones, floor mazes
  • Garden features, planters, sundials
  • Seating and sculptural pieces
  • Welcome plaques
  • Celebrating special occasions (centenary, retirement etc)
  • Tributes and memorials
  • Curriculum related (e.g. Romans)

Painted Murals


A brush for everyone! See a painting come to life under our expert guidance.

  • Entrance halls, corridors, playgrounds
  • Walls, fences, storage containers
  • Signage and decorative display
  • Underpasses
  • Abstract / figurative
  • Local history / landmarks
  • Direct interpretation of child’s designs
  • Curriculum related (e.g. famous artists)

gall_community_mosaic_carsington_cimg2675 (6)The Creative Process

We work in a number of different styles and techniques depending on the client’s wishes, the desired end product, groups involved, budget etc.


Designs can be based on your chosen theme. We can work from your ideas to produce the artwork. This could be the direct interpretation of a single design or a composition drawn from a number of contributors. Alternatively we can create a design for you here in the Zantium Studio.

Planning your project

Projects are planned carefully in advance and clear quotes provided. (These include preparation, practical workshops, quality materials, finishing, framing and delivery.)

We are happy to submit estimates and images at the early stages of a project to support funding applications.

CIMG0404Please contact us to discuss your ideas or request a quote.

  • What kind of artwork you would like – tile mosaic or painted mural?
  • Where will it be displayed – indoors/outdoors, wall/ floor/sculptural?
  • What size and shape?
  • How many participants to involve, what ages/abilities?
  • Any theme or design ideas?
  • Your budget


Mosaics can be created during hands-on sessions. Workshops can be timetabled or run on an informal drop-in basis.

CIMG8661We supply a huge range of beautiful mosaic tiles and provide user-friendly, water-based adhesives. Base boards and faming are always fit for purpose.

Painted Murals

Murals can be painted directly onto a suitable wall or onto base boards. Boards offer the advantage of working indoors onto a smooth surface, whatever the weather. On completion they can be fixed in position.

We use high performance, water-based paints and teach a number of techniques. These include the use of brushes, rollers, templates, stencils and sponging.

Documents available

  • Enhanced DBS certificate
  • Public liability insurance certificate (to £5 million)
  • References and testimonials
  • Images of previous projects
  • 7307 City and Guilds Teaching Certificate
  • Company CV
N. Rushbrooke
We are  simply bowled over by the mosaic plaque you have made for us. It is absolutely stunning. The more we look at it the more amazing it appears!
N. Rushbrooke/North Wales
The course was so inspiring, as was the company and the location.
L.M. /Leeds
R. Reed
Participants were always thrilled with the art work produced under the guidance of Alison and Peter, who ensured the process was a positive experience for them.
R. Reed /Arts coordinator Rethink Mental Illness, Derbyshire
A & A
Enjoyed a glorious week mosaicing with superb lunches thrown in! The cottage is a delight in all its features.
A & A/Glasgow > more testimonials
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