Angus Coastal Festival

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.

Thank you

Thank you

As the southerly winds blow, whipping up a wild sea in front of my new studio on the NW coast, I am conscious of the challenging year it’s been planning and fund raising for my ambitious #LitterCUBE 2019 work.

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So, it’s with great pleasure and relief, that I can announce I have raised over £18,000 worth of support, made up of  both cash donations and pledges of equipment loans, peoples time, provision of space, accommodation e.t.c . Fantastically this represents over a third of the whole project costs.

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Thank You to everyone and many more anonymous individuals and organisations who have invested in the project. Please do contact me  with your postal address to receive a Beach Litter Guide . I will also be posting out 20 surprise prints!

These donations have enabled me to demonstrate the support I have in an application to Creative Scotland for the remaining funding support I need to construct the #LitterCUBES in Edinburgh, Lerwick, Scalloway, Dunbar, Ullapool, Eyemouth and Angus next year. Fingers crossed for a positive decision at the end of January. I am continuing to look for further support to cover the costs of this ambitious project: Any suggestions most welcome.

I will be holding an information event at Dunbar Harbour on Tuesday 15th January at McArthur’s store meeting room 5-7pm, everyone is welcome. Come along to find out more  and here about opportunities to get involved.  

My Just Giving page remains open until New Year’s Eve and donations via the blog are  greatly received anytime.