Julia Barton - Artist
I will be creating a number of multi-media art works over the next 8 months as part of Littoral Art Project to draw attention to the volume and effects of beach litter, culminating in a touring exhibition based on 18 months research on Scottish beaches.
Littoral : the zone between the low and high tide marks
My aim is to change people’s behaviour to help reduce litter on our beaches, prevent loss of marine life and highlight the damaging impact on the food chain and wider environment.
I am asking for your support to produce a key part of this exhibition. A practical laminated full colour Guide to Beach Litter which I will use and distribute to community groups that I plan to work with as the exhibition is created and tours to Shetland, Inverclyde, Peterhead, Ullapool and Edinburgh over the next 2 years.
The chart will:
• illustrate different types of litter found on our beaches
• outline the specific hazards that each type of litter poses to marine life, humans and the wider environment
• describe where the different types of litter are commonly found within the littoral zone (the area between the low and high tide lines)
• detail the percentages of different litter items found and their source
• suggest ways of changing our behaviour to reduce litter and the dangers it causes
The process of making the guide will involve 1. Selecting a number of beach litter items that represents what is commonly found on the beaches in Scotland and the UK generally 2. photographing the litter items in the studio 3. designing the guide layout 4. researching the hazards relating to each type of litter and the percentages 5.illustrating where items are commonly found within the littoral zone 5. ways of reducing litter on our beaches 6. printing of the work.
I intend the Guide to be completed by September 2015 when I will begin the first leg of my exhibition work with schools and community groups in Shetland, where I will be working in partnership with the Shetland Amenity Trust.
The Guide to beach Litter will provide a lasting legacy far beyond the life of the exhibition.
Risks and challenges
My biggest challenge to the success of this project is to ensure the scientific and ecological accuracy of this artwork.
To find the most accurate information about the hazards that each litter item presents to marine and wildlife organisms I will consult with Dr Phillip Cowie, marine biologist at the Millport Field Study Centre on the Isle of Cumbrae. Dr Cowie has researched plastic contamination of Nephrops (prawns) in the Clyde estuary for 15 years and has become an important consultant to my work. He says “The scientists haven’t managed to get the message across, so maybe it’s time to let the artists have a go”
To ensure the accuracy of the ‘Guide to beach litter’ I will utilise the Marine Conservation Societies (MCS) latest annual Beach Watch statistics and consult with the MCS Scottish team as to whether my selection is representational of the shores we have been surveyingLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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