Launch of Terra Nova

Launch of Terra Nova

As the exhibition closes tonight, I have been looking through the visitors book and am delighted and humbled at all the thanks and thoughtfull comments I have received. Please take a look here  they are themselves inspiring to seek out new places to take the exhibition too. Any ideas re galleries/museums/docksides to aim for and any funding sources would be much appreciated.

img116 (3)This great comment about the exhibition animation Terra Nova convinced me that the animation should go live here and on vimeo.  The film tells one part of my investigative journey with plastic pollution – how the burning of litter on beaches forms rock-like lumps of plastic, now named ‘Plastiglomerate’ .

Animation notes: low budget – low tech film, idea developed in Coigach,  storyboarded at An Talla Solais studios, models were made at different scales, in many locations, the delicate casting of litter materials in wax (for the final scene) were cast at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop  and the film was shot and edited in Shetland  filmaker JJ Jamieson. His enthusiasm was energising throughout the shoot and his inventivness in sourcing, creating and over-laying  special effects and sound completed the film beautifully.

It was fantastic to work with JJ Jamieson, the animation was shot both in his garage studio, back yard, on the banks of a nearby stream and editing studio. More information about the making of the animation can be found on my Vimeo site .




Join in celebrating WORLD OCEANS DAY on Thursday June 8th in Ullapool casting votes for #CleanSeas. Events happening across the world and on line.

DBfUOVRXsAIi2Jt.jpg large World Oceans Day is a designated UN day to celebrate & honour the world’s oceans.

“Urgent action on a global scale is needed to alleviate the world’s oceans from the many pressures they face, and to protect them from future dangers that may tip them beyond the limits of their carrying capacity. ” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The Day provides an opportunity to get directly involved in protecting our future, through a new mindset and personal and community action and involvement.   

My response is to take to the shores of Loch Broom ( Ullapool harbour) where I will be leading a Guided Guide walk sharing information from the Guide to Beach Litter and highlighting the importance of healthy Oceans discussing the many initiatives here and around the world to protect the oceans.X poster 1 (2)_LI

As its polling day here in the UK, participants will be invited to join me at An Talla Solais Gallery, to share experiences and ideas of how to bring about change and to cast your votes for a variety of approaches to reduce plastic pollution in the World’s Oceans and specifically in Scotland.

Ullapool Event:  – meet by the pier on West Shore 11am or 5.30pm, followed at the gallery at  12 noon & 6.15pm  An Talla Solais Gallery, West Arglye St, Ullapool

Poster extract (2)In return voters will receive a copy of the  ‘Isle of CHANGE’ map from the  NEO Terra exhibition presently showing at An Talla Solais until the 18th June

A PDF copy of the map will also be available to download on World Ocean Day from here. Please leave a comment  below and join in the debate .

Find out more about the actions being taken in the UK and around the World.       Visit

View the  Ullapool World Oceans Day event on Twitter follow @LittoralArt

Ullapool: collecting for NEO Terra

Ullapool: collecting for NEO Terra

Ullapool collecting samplesNow back on the beaches of Wester Ross feeling the strong winds and immersed in tidal charts and large-scale OS maps on which I am plotting the remaining 32 beach locations to collect  sand & plastiglomerate samples from, needed to construct the NEO Terra exhibition. Opening at An Talla Solais on Sat 13th May

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Dates for the diary

April 17th- 29th  collection expeditions  follow on twitter and facebook North to Cape Wrath, South to Scoraig and Loch Ewe shorelines and West to 5 of the Summer Isles.

May 13th – 18th June : NEO Terra exhibition at An Talla Solais Gallery on West Argyle Street (Ullapool IV26 2UG)  open from 10am to 5pm

Dates for Gallery talks to be scheduled soon

May 19th – 20th: A walk along Isle Martin beach exploring  Time Deep as part of the iLAND Festival, A festival of Future Living and Community Resilience.  A 3 day, off-grid, island bound festival, celebrating that the ‘land and sea’

June 8th: World Ocean Day event, Ullapool Harbour


Guide to Beach Litter


The Littoral Art Project’s ‘Guide to Beach Litter’ written & produced by artist Julia Barton will be launched at the   Artists’ BookMarke Saturday 25 February, 2017Sunday 26 February, at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 11am–5pm. Free entry.

The Guide is a useful informative educational tool that with clear colour images helps to identify 40 different types of litter often found on beaches around the UK. It highlights the problem of beach litter and how understanding it better is the first step toward solving it.


The reverse side answers a series of pertinent questions regarding the ever-increasing volumes of litter found on beaches and in our marine environment: What kinds of litter are there? Why does it matter? Where does it come from? Who is responsible? How long might litter last? With a section dedicated to taking action and  providing further  useful information.


Come along to celebrate the launch of the ‘Guide to Beach Litter’ and help to promote the word about the Guide. I am looking for bookshops, museums, and visitor centres to stock the Guides, if you would like to place an order please get in touch via the comments box below or mail  All comments posted about the Guide much appreciate. If you send a review in or place orders for 10 copies you will receive a free Guide! Retail price per Guide is £3 each, plus £1 postage & package (please ask for postage costs if ordering multiple copies ), trade discount for shops/resale.

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This year I will be showing works at the  Artists’ BookMarkewith fellow environmental artist Kate Foster, our books stem from our current themes of marine and wetland conservation respectively and focus on our fascination with the organisms that inspired our work – seaweeds and mosses.

artists-entanglement-with-polymers-on-the-shorelineEntanglement: an artist’s strandline journey with Polymers, Wracks and Laminaria

The selection of books I will  be showing with the Guide, include books comprised of drawings made responding to collections made in Shetlands Littoral Zones, made while artist in residence at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse and ideas developing over the last 4 years walking the strandlines of NW Scotland. All proceeds made go to help support the development of the project reaching more communities.

Artists’ BookMarke Saturday 25 February, 2017Sunday 26 February, at The Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF   11am–6pm, Sun 11am–5pm. Free entry.

New Collection

New Collection

In preparation for the projects second NEO Terra exhibition in May at An Talla Solais Gallery in Ullapool, I have begun collecting sand samples and plastiglomerates from beaches along the NW Highland coast.

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Snapshot photographs give an insightful picture of whats occurring on our beaches and in our seas. To expand this information I am asking followers of the project to  keep a look out for plastiglomerates and to tweet images  with #plastiglomerate with the name of the beach they were found on to @LittoralArt .


Identification: Plastiglomerates are lumps of burnt plastic litter, that has melted and bonded with natural beach materials.

coloured-plastiglomerates They  are often highly colourful just like the plastic objects they once were , but most fade to look deceptively like the rocks and pebbles around them . They can take a lot of looking for, a give away sign is that they are much lighter than similar size  stones and relatively warm to touch

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I am hoping that fellow MCS beach watchers  engaged with monitoring beaches and all those involved with  marine plastic campaigns eg the   #2minutebeachclean and the #Nurdlehunt   will  join in exchanging information to help us build an increasingly comprehensive  documentation of the forms of plastic in the marine and coastal environment.

If any followers along the Scottish coastlines particularly in the NW highlands and the Western Isles  find stretches of beaches with lots of plastiglomerates please  contact me so I can  try to arrange to pick them up to use in the exhibition.

Over the next  10 days I’m visiting 12 beaches between Lochinver and Plockton and I’m inviting people to join me on Sat 4th Feb at Badentarbet beach 11am- 1pm; Friday 10th February at Ullapool (pier west side) 2-3.30pm; at Gairloch (meet at the Museum) Sat 2-3.30pm.  If the weather forecast is bad please check on line or ring  0797 7997605, please dress for winter conditions .