On dis­play: Our area’s prob­lem with plas­tic

The Scarborough News - - FRONT PAGE - By Sue Wilkin­son sue.wilkin­son@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter@SueWilkin­sonSN

The dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects that plas­tic pol­lu­tion is hav­ing on our coast­lines is ex­plored in a Scar­bor­ough Art Gallery ex­hi­bi­tion.

For Scar­boroART, four artists have been com­mis­sioned to cre­ate orig­i­nal art­works which are made from and in­spired by plas­tic waste ob­jects that have been found on Scar­bor­ough’s seafront.

The gallery re­ceived £2,500 from Scar­bor­ough su­per­mar­ket com­pany Proud­foot which was cash from the sale of car­rier bags.

Julie Baxter, venues and vol­un­teer man­ager, said they wanted a theme which re­flected where the money came from.

Scar­bor­ough-based artists Kane Cun­ning­ham, Rachel Mes­sen­ger, Justin DL and Janet White have cre­ated new pieces based on art­works from the gallery’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion de­pict­ing a seascape or coastal scene.

Look­ing at th­ese through a con­tem­po­rary eye and in the con­text of this grow­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cern, their re­sponses of­fer a cre­ative view into plas­tic pol­lu­tion on a lo­cal and global scale.

“As a so­ci­ety we’re be­com­ing in­creas­ingly aware of the dam­age that plas­tics cause to the en­vi­ron­ment,” said Julie.

“Tak­ing a stroll down Scar­bor­ough’s coast­line con­firms the im­pact it is hav­ing on our sur­round­ings, with the plas­tic ob­jects that you find washed-up or strewn on our shores.

“With this ex­hi­bi­tion we’ve had an op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing cre­ative and prac­ti­cal to ad­dress this; firstly with a beach clean and then to put the dis­carded plas­tic ob­jects to use in the cre­ation of strik­ing and orig­i­nal art.”

“By re­spond­ing to Seascapes in Scar­bor­ough Art Gallery’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion, the four artists we’ve com­mis­sioned are each in­spired by their own thoughts and con­cerns about the im­pact of plas­tics on our coastal en­vi­ron­ments.

“Through th­ese di­verse art­works we hope to chal­lenge vis­i­tors to think about their own use – and in high­light­ing the prob­lem of waste ob­jects that have been found on our beaches, en­sure the care of our beau­ti­ful Scar­bor­ough coast­line.”

Along­side Scar­boroArt ex­hi­bi­tion, Scar­bor­ough Art Gallery is host­ing a series of beach cleans with or­gan­ised groups in the area. The found ma­te­rial will be used by the artists in ed­u­ca­tional work­shops dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Scar­boroART runs at Scar­bor­ough Art Gallery, The Cres­cent, un­til Jan­uary 6. The gallery is open from Tues­days to Sun­days from 10am to 5pm. An­nual passes cost £3 which in­cludes en­try to the nearby Ro­tunda mu­seum.

PIC­TURES: RICHARD PON­TER

The work of artist Rachel Mes­sen­ger. 184016b

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