To make a series of 30 large sculptures #LitterCUBES from plastic beach litter collected from shorelines around Scotland in 2019, to show the link between plastic and oil. I want to engage people in weighing the #LitterCUBES to calculate how many litres of petrol each CUBE represents .
Donations of any amount are welcomed to start the fundraising to make the sculptures, so we can visualise the true cost of plastic pollution. Visit myJust-Givingcrowd funding page to learn more and to donate.
Click below to listen to a Podcast explaining the background to the #LitterCUBES
There are limited edition prints of small # LitterCUBE surfaces to win.
Please pass on the Just Giving link and leave suggestions of how to promote the appeal. Thank you!
31 MSPs pledged to take action on plastic pollution by signing at #CleanBeachesScotland exhibition & event at Holyrood in December 2017. I created the exhibition based on my recent NEO Terra installation shown in both Shetland & Ullapool, to illustrate to MSP’s the scale of coastal & marine plastic pollution in Scotland.
Of the MSPs who signed, 50% ticked all of the pledges demonstrating a personal commitment to backing measures to reduce the amount of plastic that contaminates our beaches and sea. 63% are keen to meet with Littoral Art Project to take a closer look at plastic pollution along their constituency shorelines. We will meet local beach cleaning groups (Marine Conservation Society MCS , Surfers Against Sewage SAS and Harbourmasters to learn more about specific beach litter issues in their constituency and to enrol them in becoming Beach Champions.
Photographs by Alan McCredie
Joan McAlpine MSP joined me at Dunbar in her South Scotland constituency, to examine the particular litter issues concerning the Dunbar Harbour Trust as a multi-use Harbour and to take a sand sample from the regularly cleaned south beach.
The exhibition and event received wonderful cross-party support from MSPs, including Graeme Day convener of the Environment, Climate & Land Reform Committee with interesting conversations with many members of the committee. Environment spokesperson for the SL Claudia Beamish who attended the event, later commented in a Parliamentary Debate on the 20th December that “it was truly inspiring to see what art can do to support communities and others in their work on the issue”Roseanna Cunninghamresponded in the debate that ‘……The work of the organisations that the member flagged up is incredibly important, and it needs to be backed up by Government and global action…….’
Thanks to Mark Ruskell, Environmental spokesperson for the Scottish Green Party, for his time to hear about Littoral Art Project’s findings and to talk through the value of LAP’s citizen science approach. He outlined his commitment to rigorous debate about plastic pollution and the connection to climate change legislation. I look forward to following up his links to Fife environment and arts education organisations.
I will also be contacting the other MSP’s interested in bringing the LAP to their constituencies ( Joan McAlpine in South Scotland, Rachael Hamilton in the Borders, Kate Forbes in Skye, Liam McArthur and Jamie Halcro Johnston in Orkney ) and to explore the potential of this creative approach to engage their communities in tackling #MarinePlasticPollution as in Shetland and Ullapool where people joined me in collecting and examining beach samples.
The results of this interactive arts-cum science approach formed the photographic evidence shared with MSPs and is available to share with councils and community groups.
Following on from the success of the Holyrood exhibition, the Shetland Amenity Trust and I will be requesting a meeting with Scotland’s Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham. I intend to pass on the LAP research from 120 beaches and the findings of partner organisations, community groups and individuals that took part in the #CleanBeachesScotland event co-hosted by MCS , with major contributers KIMO, SAT, FIDRA, SAMS ). I will be highlighting the extent of plastic pollution originating from the fishing and aquaculture industries, which often makes up to 90% of litter on Northern Scottish beaches and are often under mentioned .
We welcome the recent Scottish Government’s announcement to legislate against environmentally damaging items:
The positive response of so many MSPs during the #CleanBeachesScotland event and the Scottish Governments environmental announcements give hope to all those working to #BeatPollution in Scotland. These are great achievements that need to be actioned and broadened to include the fishing & aquaculture industry’s plastic pollution as soon as possible, so that Scotland can truly be seen to be leading the way internationally towards achieving a cleaner more sustainable environment.
Please follow up with your MSP e.g. suggest helping to bring the project to their constituency. If you/your organisation/group has evidence of plastic pollution on a stretch of the Scottish coastline please leave a comment below or email me so I can include it in the #CleanBeachScotland document that I will present to the Environment Minister.
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Julia has received Creative Scotland awards supported by The National Lottery for the original Littoral Art Project R&D and NEO Terra exhibition that led to this exhibition. The #CleanBeachesScotland exhibition was self-funded by the artist.
Very happy to have achieved the installation of NEO Terra: my multi-media interactive exhibition at An Talla Solais’s gallery in Ullapool. The preview was well attended helped by a flurry of invitation Tweets and re tweets, plus the BBC coverage . Many thanks to all.
All exhibitions are challenging to install, this one included, the ‘minimal look’ of the overall exhibition belies the amount of focused and time consuming work required to set up the 10 x 2 m canvas, assemble 12 islands from over a thousand of pieces of melted plastic, video animation, 4 sculptures, 3 large wall drawings, 2 printed charts, Plastiglomerate cross section and the all important interactive lab space comprising: Plastiglomerate sample point , magnification and monitor station , lightbox installation, 60 glass vials containing sand samples. ready for examination. ,
The projects ethos of public engagement continued through to the installation process and each day local members of the arts and science community called by to help carry, draw, provide sustenance and encouragement. So THANK YOU to Alice (from Shetland), John , Ailsa (on loan from Visit Scotland) Sara & Jan from Ceard, Milly, Erin, Rosanne, Caroline, Susan, Eileen, Daniel, ATS and Creative Scotland. (team shot to follow)
The first comment I over-heard at the preview assured me that our hard work was worth it, as an audience member stepped into the main gallery facing the long floor installation stretching 10 meters in front of him, promptly turned and said ‘this is a bit challenging’
The show runs every day 10-5pm until Sunday the 18th June at An Talla Solais , Market St, Ullapool.(link)
Thanks to Michael Surmon and his Outthere Campervans I have been able to go on the road this week to reach the primary School children of Lochinver & Stoer schools in Sutherland and the Acultibuie pupils in Coigach to introduce them to the Littoral Art Project and to facilitate pilot workshops on beach litter awareness, surveying White Beach and Badentarbet Bay.
Many thanks also to friends who donated a USB microsope to allow me to share the experience of magnifying the evidence in the studio and classrooms and an i phone with which I am about to start comparing mapping apps on.