Glad to be in Arbroath to launch this year’s Angus Coastal Festival (13- 23rd Sept) with its bio-diverse programme of events, covering all the things I love and enjoy about working within the Scottish Littoral zones, from the geology of cliffs, rocks and pebbles, to investigating rock pools, identifying seaweeds, coastal plants, butterflies and bird life. And importantly connecting and working with people who care and want to help to make our marine environment healthy and sustainable.
Over 12 beach cleans are taking place, already tonnes have been removed from Arbroath beaches and more bottles saved by the Ladyloan Primary School with Turning the Plastic Tide and Our East Haven volunteers for the Angus #LitterCUBES. 60 eager pupils joined me to learn more about sculpture, plastic as a material and its origin in oil and energy. I am asking Festival goers to join me today Saturday 14th threading and weaving the next #LitterCUBES at the Arbroath Signal Tower from fishing net and rope. All welcome.
My recent Shetland adventure sees the completion of 3 Shetland #LitterCUBES which will go on to be exhibited at Edinburgh Science Festival 2020. Many thanks to Dunna Chuck Bruck volunteers for collecting all the litter and Shetland’s fine Youth Ambassadors who worked with me on the construction of the #LitterCUBES and the delivering of my workshops across the islands. All fantastic young people!
Thanks to the Swan Trust for taking me on an special island odyssey on board The Swan. It was amazing to experience up-close the beautiful marine environment around the islands. Sailing from Lerwick North to Unst and Yell to deliver the #LitterCUBES and marine life/pollution sampling workshops to schools. Thank you to all the people that took part and supporters.
Many thanks for workshop/studio space provided by Shetland Museum & Archives, Lerwick and the Marine Centre, Scalloway, both brilliant places to have far reaching conversations with residents and visitors, discussing the energy value of plastic and changes planned and being planned to #BeatPlasticPollution both in the aquaculture industry and in the home .
Next stop Arbroath Coastal Festival 13-14 September. Arbroath Signal Tower/Harbour Beach, DD11 1AX . See you there!
Thousands of the items collected by the Dunna Chuck volunteers collected across Shetland in the annual ‘Voar Redd Up’ beach cleans.
Full speed ahead now washing and processing the ‘Bruck’ clear plastic drinks bottles, plastic strapping, cotton bud sticks in preparation for weaving together to make 4 Shetland #LitterCUBES.
HELP! WE NEED MORE cotton bud sticks – a major litter offender, to be found on a beach near you. If you are walking on the beaches over the next 2 weeks please look closely along the strand lines. Please drop off at the Shetland Amenity Trust, Garthspool, Lerwick.
I look forward to seeing as many people as possible at the Public events planned at Shetland Museum on Saturday 31st Aug and Thursday 5th September. More information on the Shetland Press Release
While it’s certainly tough taking sculptures to beaches and harbours, my #LitterCUBE event days in Ullapool and Dunbar have reaffirmed my belief in the value of working outside of gallery settings, especially to trigger conversations about the link between pollution, sustainability and climate chaos.
‘So what’s that all about?’ ‘What are you doing there?’
were great openers from passers-by to start conversations that ranged widely from the materials the CUBES are made from to who is responsible and the link to the petro-chemical industry. I then encouraged people to become citizen scientists by weighing the #LitterCUBES and calculating the oil & petrol values (Embodied Energy content) represented by each one.
The coastal locations aid discussion of where the materials were collected and originate. The next #LitterCUBES will be made and shown in:
Shetland: August/September (locations and dates to be confirmed)
My preparation for my Dunbar event next week goes on at a pace, processing cotton bud sticks. the smallest litter tems that many beach cleaners have been picking up and sending. The vast majority of the cotton bud sticks I am joining together have understandably been collected along the Firth of Forth and Clyde estuary high tide lines. Shorelines closest to the densest population centres, flushing the sticks down the toilets.
Come and join me to see and weigh the #LitterCUBES at Dunbar Harbour 10.30- 12.30 & 1.30-5.30 on Thurs 20th, Fri 21st & Sat 22nd and help complete the next fishing net/rope #LitterCUBE on the south side of the Harbour.
On Thursday evening (20th June) I am taking part in the John Muir Open ‘Dialogues of Change’ series of conversations at the Town House community room. It’s free!
Tomorrow I will be showing my first #LitterCUBES made from plastic beach litter collected from over 20 beaches in the West Highlands. This is the first of 7 interactive events, where I am asking people to join me to weigh the #LitterCUBES and calculate the energy value of each CUBE in terms of oil and petrol.
Come along and join in on West Shore beach Ullapool 10am-5pm (Thurs30th, Fri 31st and Sat 1st) of follow our findings @LittoralArt
The 3 West Highland #LitterCUBES are made from strapping woven together, drinks bottles laced together and prawn boxes sewn together. Everyone is welcome to have ago at tying together pieces of fishing net to begin making the 4th CUBE . Join me here in Ullapool or at one of my next locations. Please share this story .
This week the big processing job gets underway starting with the bags of plastic litter collected from West Highland beaches. The most recent from community litter picking events at Ullapool, Badentarbet, Isle Martin and Red Point.
PLEASE KEEP THE LITTER COMING the more items are collected, the bigger the sculptures. Plastic pollution is a massive waste of energy we can save.
Please get in touch if you would like to volunteer and get involved. It’s always easier with helpers. Processing involves sorting, taking notes, photographing, washing and drying.
Thanks to all my supporters and for donations from: individuals, Eyemouth Marine Ltd, rag, Sheihallion, Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape, Ullapool Harbour Trust and support in kind from Eyemouth, Dunbar, Arbroath, Lerwick, Ullapool Harbours, An Talla Solais, North Light Arts.
I am continuing to seek funding from small trusts, companies and individuals as unfortunately Littoral Art Project didn’t get further funding from Creative Scotland. Please spread the word that Donations are very much needed and can be made here by pressing the orange DONATE button at the top of the page
Press release: is available here. Please help by sending to a national paper or magazine.