Exhibition: Edinburgh’s Shoreline

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Edinburgh’s Shoreline  

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the exhibition runs until Sun 23 Sept 2018

My work MARINE PLASTIC OF SCOTLAND [Lothian] littoralis: belonging to the shoreline, is on display at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. It is a collection of common plastic litter items found along Edinburgh’s shoreline. Their classification and display reflecting the herbarium’s taxonomy and preservation techniques. The analogy of colonising species echoes plastic’s living origin – oil. 

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh  opening times: 10.00 am — 5.45 pm                       Venue:John Hope Gateway , free entry.

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Shoreline Specimens

 

#BeatPlasticPollution

Join me along Edinburgh City shoreline on World Environment Day  Tuesday 5 June and World Oceans Day Friday 8 June where I will be collecting plastic litter samples to classify for my specimen  collection for the Shoreline Project exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh opening on 23rd June.

Please come – all community members and visitors welcome to join me in examining the specimens ready for classification.

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Meet at  Portobello beach on  Tuesday 5 June 10 – 11am  and New Haven/Wardie Bay  on Friday 8 June  1 pm

email for other times and locations.

Environmental Award

Environmental Award

IMG_9529 (2)I would like to thank all people involved from Shetland who helped Littoral Sci Art Project win a Shetland Environmental Award 2017

As communities  across Shetland  tackle the annual spring  ‘Da Voar Redd Up’ Beach Cleans,  I am happy  to share a recent Radio Shetland broadcast on #PlasticPollution  featuring  a report with Sita Goudie the Shetland Amenity Trust Environmental Improvement officer in which she describes  Littoral Art Project’s educational work  across Shetland in 2016.

Click here to listen >

This year’s awards were sponsored by Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, Shetland Islands Council, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Shetland Civic Society, VisitScotland, Shetland Bird Club and Shetland Amenity Trust.  The awards plaques were sponsored and supplied by Cunningsburgh based Enviroglass, which recycles Shetland’s waste glass.

Link to the full programme Plastic Pollution  : https://www.mixcloud.com/BBCShetland/beyond-the-briggistanes-thursday-22-march-2018/

 

 

 

 

 

Close Examination

Close Examination

identifying plastic particles

Close Examination ULLAPOOL FERRY TERMINAL Fri 23 March 7.30 pm 

An investigative performance by S3 Ullapool High School pupils in collaboration with artist Julia Barton as part of the Littoral Art Project, telling the research journey that we have undertaken along Ullapool Harbour shoreline over the last few years.

Opens at 7.30pm for viewing the display of the Littoral Art Project findings recently exhibited at the Scottish Parliament. Plus updates on actions being taken to Beat Plastic Pollution by the Harbour’s Fishing for Litter Scheme and Ullapool Primary School’s ‘No Plastic Straw Campaign’. Performance starts 8pm – lasting approximately 30 mins

All welcome

 

 

Littoral reflection

Littoral reflection

Winter snowfalls are providing a welcome respite from seeing strand-line plastic – allowing time for focusing on the natural forms of familiar Northern shorelines.   IMG_8703 (3)                         One of the lowest tides this winter took place on the 2nd February- allowing access to see some of the biggest and heaviest of our marine algae – Laminaria (Kelp) beautifully bowed over, shiny and relaxed in the slack water . IMG_8791 IMG_8790 IMG_8793 IMG_8798                 The ‘stand of the tide’ provided me the opportunity for a few hours observation of these brown  seaweeds. Close up its easy to appreciate that they produce the main plant material for the coastal food web. Anchored along the low water line and out into the sub-tidal zone the submerged kelp form ‘forests’ – a perfect habitat for fish, shellfish and other animals to get food and find hiding places. img006The rich biodiversity of our coastline is fascinating and clear to see when walking through this dynamic inter-tidal world/zone .

IMG_8800 IMG_8830 As the media begins to wake up to the ‘Plastic Pollution’ issue evidenced on our shore lines, I revel in my momentary ‘Plastic Free’ time in the Littoral Zones

reinvigorated  by many winter walks in this rich dynamic environment I am preparing to seek out support for my work – to visually tell the story of this important ecological CONTACT ZONE that is now constantly  battered and often smothered by our litter.

I am looking for online help to crowd fund for the next  phase of this project focusing on making work in public settings this year, to be toured to Harbours, Ports, Museums, Street Festivals next year. Please get in touch if you can offer any help by leaving a comment below or emailing me Julia Barton littoralartproject@btinternet.com