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March 16, 2022

Helensburgh Community coming together for COP26

“Fishtastic – Shoal Of Plastic”
‘What a fantastic way to bring people together and encourage us to feel proud of our town’ – parent participant

Albatross Arts CIC was commissioned by Argyll & Bute Council to deliver an event to engage the local community in a recycling project raising awareness of ocean plastics, and to showcase the new Community space within the Hermitage Park Pavilion. By bringing together families to work on this project, they initiated a conversation about plastic pollution and the devastating effects it has on marine life.  8 million pieces of plastic pollution found their way into our ocean every single day. On UK beaches there are 5000 pieces of plastic and 150 plastic bottles for each mile, we can see the evidence on our very own stretch of coastline. This has to stop!

Around 50 families armed with recycled plastic bottles and cardboard packaging gathered together in a series of workshops, using environmentally sourced materials to create a colourful fish installation ‘Fishtastic Shoal of Plastic’.

“Creative community events are perfectly placed to be a platform where we can start conversations on social challenges with all sectors of the community. This was the first time the Community Room at The Pavilion had been used and it was poignant that it started with a multigenerational activity based around the immediate challenge of climate change. Thanks to all who took part! ” Alex McEwan – Creative Director – Albatross Arts CIC

‘What a great way to feel connected and  part of the community’ – parent participant.

The installation was displayed in Rossdhu Refills shop window town for the Winter Festival

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