Preparation is underway to weave thousands of pieces plastic cord, rope, net, fishing line and hundreds of plastic bottles collected along the Berwickshire coast into 3 #LitterCUBES. Each cube will also contain a 30% mix of materials from the NW Highlands, East Lothian, Shetland and Angus and will present an account of the nature, scale and the complexities of marine plastic pollution in our coastal communities. I hope it will inform the need to break with polluting habits and expose the actual value of plastic involved.
The week’s events will provide practical opportunities to weave together and to weigh and calculate the energy value of plastic pollution
Public events at SPLASH, Community Space, along Eyemouth’s Quayside everyone welcome, free and fully accessible event.
Thurs 26th 3-5 pm Fri 27th 1-5 pm Sat 28th Sept 10 am – 5 pm
Thanks to everyone for collecting litter items and to Eyemouth Hippodrome, Voluntary Marine Reserve, Eyemouth Harbour Trust, SPLASH Commuity Trust, for in-kind support and for donations from Eyemouth Marine, local residents, crowd funding and philanthropic arts, community and environment trusts.
Plus a wider thanks to Ullapool Harbour Trust, Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape,the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage, and for donations from: individuals, rag, Sheihallion, Dunbar Harbour Trust North Light Arts and An Talla Solaisfor their support with the #LitterCUBES events. Thanks also to volunteers and all those who donated money to make these events possible. Please get in touch if you would like to learn more/join the events.
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!