As the year comes to a close I have been taking stock of the littoral project to see what has been achieved.
My personal highlights included:
Setting up a studio at An talla Solais in Ullapool, meeting tens of people in the area concerned with the litter on the beaches . Learning about litter on the beaches in Ullapool with Dougie Mac Crimmond. Finding a beach with very little rubbish on it Achnahaird. Hearing that two oranges launched along the coast had been tracked by residents. Sharing my discoveries with people e.g. the types of litter found, magnifying the fragments of litter found on the beach and the harm they can cause, understanding the longevity of the litter items dropped and washed up.
The ‘future fossil’ hunt and examination on the beaches showed me how the chilling issue of how long litter might last in the environment can be approached in an imaginative way. Pupils comments and shock that a plastic bag on the beach might last until they (primary children) where grown up and had children and that a plastic bottle might be around longer than their children certainly was obviously provoking thought for both them and me .
Other peoples comments:
The pupils loved the stone hunt and the ‘future fossil’ idea and it really caught their imagination. This was a highly creative way to stimulate thoughtful discussion of the issues around marine pollution.It stimulated discussion around how our beach litter will take many many years to decompose. Lesley Strachan, Head of Art, Ullapool High School
Julia Barton and the littoral art project engaged with all those who encountered her and her work. Whether through her workshops – the printmaking workshop at ATS was keenly attended – through her displays or involvement with the local schools and organisations her art and message is clear, welcoming, inclusive, thought provoking extremely relevant, fun and educational. S Garnett ATS events co-ordinator
…that plastic bag could still be here when I’m married … ugh…the bottles have to go at the end of the line ….they could be around thousands of years?……where do we put paper on the line? It doesn’t take long to rot…let’s put it near to us…….2013 Lochinver School Pupil
‘I think having the different aspects – scientific survey, investigation and creative elements – meant that it appealed to many different people. It was certainly successful in highlighting the issue of beach litter.’ V Halcrow, Project Manager Coigach – Assynt Living Landscape
I It’s important to show ‘everyone can do something’ by setting an example cleaning beach we can encourage others to join in Jean Urquart MSP
It’s great having new energy in Ullapool – it helps the many people concerned about the marine environment and the pollution that is threatening it. So many local people clean the beaches near to us, so having you drawing attention to the state of the beaches is really helpful. Ailsa resident. (marine biologist)
Thanks for making me more aware of the horrible amounts of litter we see along our beautiful coastline. Ann Hoffmann resident
My question is now how should the project move forward?