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Sea Plastic Songlines – exhibition by Xtina Lamb
7th October 2017 @ 11:00 am - 28th October 2017 @ 4:00 pmFree
Xtina Lamb is well known for her fine printmaking and for running workshops and open access printmaking at her artist led organisation INTRA in Medway. She also has strong connections to the Isle of Lewis, Scotland and recently she was commissioned by An Lanntair and The Glasgow School of Art, in collaboration with Ionad Hiort (St Kilda Centre), to make a new public artwork on the route between Stornoway and Uig on the Isle of Lewis, which responds to the cultural life of the island and the geographic context.
The new work is being commissioned as part of Bealach, a two-year cultural initiative being led by An Lanntair. The Songlines project is conceived by the St Kilda Centre and led by The Glasgow School of Art’s Institute of Design Innovation in partnership with development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise. When finished, it will form part of a cultural trail linking Stornoway with Uig, the site of the future remote-access St. Kilda Centre, Ionad Hiort.
Xtina has walked and clambered the shorelines of Uig, Isle of Lewis, to recuperate a variety of washed up ‘marine plastic’ and transported it back to her studio in Medway to create this project. This exhibition will show some of the research images, raw materials, experiments and finished pieces she has made for the commission. A final work will be installed on the Isle of Lewis in October 2017.
By untangling, cutting up, recomposing and melting this jetsom, Xtina transforms the colourful man-made detritus into exquisite artworks that describe the natural vibrancy of the shoreline the plastic pollutes.
A study by The World Economic Forum, which was produced by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation stated that at least 8 million tonnes of plastic already ends up in the ocean every year – the equivalent of a rubbish truck of waste every minute.
Studies also suggest the increasing volume of plastic, which can take hundreds of years to degrade, harms the health of fish and marine ecosystems, with there being more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050, based on weight.
On Saturday 28 October Xtina will be leading a hands-on activity where you can use colourful sea plastics and other recycled items to make decorative filled glass bottles.
If you want to know more about Swale & Medway’s coastal environment then information from Kent coast focused Coastal Guardians Project from Medway & Swale Estuary Partnership will be available throughout Xtina’s exhibition.