This project began in Panama in 2018 when I was booked as part of a circus troupe to perform at the Tribal gathering festival. It was a 3 week event so I took my glue gun along thinking to work with natural materials like driftwood etc instead of my usual recycled waste. The festival site was beautiful, a stunning paradise indeed, it was only when I went for a walk down the coast to a less populated area I was horrified to discover Paradise was knee deep in literally tonnes of sea plastic, miles and miles of it.
The following year the project expanded into more of a performance / installation piece as well as a gallery. In 2020 I was joined by a Spanish Artist Maitane Berrozpe to expand things even further and develop ideas that could form the basis of an international campaign. We aim to bring communities together around the issue of sea plastic pollution through collaboration, activism and play. We offer a variety of activity including collaborative projects, workshops and residencies with a focus on visibility, participation, networking and fund raising. To confront and transform this global problem we look for creative solutions, working from the ground up to enable and empower local communities most seriously affected as well as encouraging businesses, corporations and government agencies contributing to the creation of this crisis to take responsibility as well as action.
We have begun work on a documentary film project to raise further awareness and help launch an annual auction of sea plastic artworks that can raise funds for small groups and grass roots organisations working on the front lines of this global crisis.
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