Art on show in Brighton and Hove & East and West Sussex
Dirty Beach presents TruCost Super M-Art
On average, 16% of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ultimately ends up as rubbish.
We currently recover only 5% of the plastics we produce
Roughly 50% goes to landfill, some is remade into durable goods but much is “unaccounted for”; lost in the environment, where it ultimately washes out to sea…
Welcome Dirty Beach, a collaboration of local artists Lou McCurdy and Chloe Hanks, for an installation that recreates and subverts the supermarket environment to display found plastics collected from UK beaches.
TruCost Super-M-Art will use all of the tricks & trappings of modern supermarkets to create an eerie and thought provoking display of found plastic items recovered from beaches local to us and around the UK. The familiarity of the environment (complete with shopper noises, tannoy announcements, strong artificial lighting, point-of-sale displays) will contrast with the evolved, transformed and yet still familiar discarded plastic items to amuse, challenge and envelop the viewer.
TruCost Super-M-Art runs from 14th of November 2013 for six weeks, throughout the consumerist frenzy that is Christmas, ending early 2014.
Project partners include Arts Council England, the Marine Conservation Society, theNational Trust, Mooncup, Surfers against Sewage, The Roddick Foundation, Keep Britain Tidy, Plymouth University (School of Marine Science and Engineering), Plastic Pollution Coalition, Birling Gap Beach Cleaning Team, Cat Fletcher and Freegle,March of the Mermaids, BHCC Brighton seafront beach cleaning team.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:
18th – 29th November: MEET THE ARTISTS – Free
Artists Lou and Chloe will be in the gallery to meet school groups, show them the exhibition and explain a little bit about the project. Email Katie via firstname.lastname@example.org to book an hour‐long slot for your class at the exhibition.
Creative Writing workshops: PLASTIC JOURNEYS
Explore the TruCost journey through poetry and stories with ONCA Writer in Residence Joanna Coleman. What oceans, seas and rivers has the plastic wrapper that once held your burger seen before washing up at the ONCA Gallery? Where, and when, will its journey end? Email Joanna via email@example.com to book a ninety minute workshop and explore the plastic’s tale.
Dirty Beach – Talk Rubbish! 18th November 6.30 doors open, event 7- 8.45 at Sallis Benney theatre University of Brighton!
A lively discussion about waste. Our throwaway society is polluting large areas of the worlds oceans. How did it get there? What are the practical solutions? Is it time to re-evaluate waste as a resource? Speakers include Dr Richard Thompson – international expert on marine debris Plymouth University, Duncan Baker Brown – sustainable architect working on the Waste House and lecturer at University of Brighton, Cat Fletcher – a founder of ‘freegle’ and waste coordinator at the Waste House, Emma Cunningham – pollution campaign officer, Marine Conservation Society and Ivan Macfadyan – international yachtsman.
ABOUT ONCA : Asking questions – Telling Stories – Hosting conversations
Venue: ONCA Gallery, 14 St. George’s Place, Brighton, BN1 4GB
Exhibition Dates : 15th November – 22nd December 2013
Opening Times : Wednesday – Friday 12pm – 7pm / Saturday & Sunday 11am – 6pm
Contact Information : Katie Heater, via 01273 958291 or firstname.lastname@example.org