Marine litter art competition with Blair Drummond Safari Park

We would like to invite all schools in Scotland to take part in an exciting opportunity to have your pupils’ artwork displayed as part of an exhibit for World Oceans Day at Blair Drummond Safari Park

We have partnered with Blair Drummond Safari Park which will be hosting an exhibition to raise awareness of marine litter in June. As 80% of the litter in our seas comes from land, the focus for the exhibit will be the pathways of litter from land to sea.  

To enter the competition, please contact Heather McLaughlin, Community Projects Officer at heather.mclaughlin@keepscotlandbeautiful.org or 01786 468247.

We are challenging young people to research this issue, and design an exhibit giving them a platform to present their findings and views on this. All winning entries will be unveiled at Blair Drummond on the 9 and 10 June, and winners will receive free entry to the Safari Park to see their work   Following the weekend entries will be displayed at a location within the park for the rest of the season. Over the launch weekend we expect to have over 4,000 visitors to the park exposed to the pupils' artwork. 

The overall winning group will receive a backstage experience at the park. This will include meeting the keepers and the opportunity to see behind the scenes. 

In addition, we will be sharing all winning entries on our social media channels as well as working with regional press. All entries, including those not displayed at Blair Drummond will be awarded with a certificate of participation, giving you great evidence for your Eco-Schools Green Flag application.   

Where applicable, entries will be subsequently entered into Young Reporters Scotland

Sound interesting?  The following should provide you with all the information you need to get involved but if you have any other questions please contact Heather.mclaughlin@keepscotlandbeautiful.org or call 01786 468247.


What are we asking you to do?

  • The competition is open to all schools in Scotland.
  • We would like your pupils to research the marine litter problem, focussing on the pathways of litter from land to sea.
  • Following their investigations, we would like them to represent their thoughts in an artistic medium, such as paintings, photographs, sculptures or poetry. The more imaginative, the better!
  • The artwork should be a collaborative piece, i.e. one entrant per class or year group.
  • It should also be accompanied with a report explaining the research and work carried out. The report should be no more than 500 words.

We want to keep the competition as open as possible, so as not to limit your pupils' imaginations.  However, we do have some suggestions to spark off some ideas.

  • Research the statistic that 80% of marine litter comes from land.
  • Consider which pathways litter from your area will take to the sea and display it on a map.
  • Map out some of the more common pathways for litter to travel from land to sea.
  • Think about the similarities between the water cycle and the litter pathways.
  • Carry out a litter pick and try to determine where the litter originated

This competition follows a successful competition we held with schools in Greater Glasgow for our Sip Don't Tip exhibit at the Gallery of Modern Art. Our winners for the competition was Sunnyside Primary who produced a 'gannet with a sore belly'. Be inspired by their story here


  • Carry out your full investigation and artwork.
  • Submit your final entry on Monday 21 May 
  • Winning schools will be notified on Monday 28 May
  • Schools will have access to deliver their art to Blair Drummond from Thursday 7 June.
  • The exhibit will be the weekend of the 9 and 10 June.

The Art Piece

  • As there will be minimal supervision of the artworks during this exhibition, all artworks should be self-contained and safe to be left standing over the two days. This will be indoors.
  • There winning art pieces will be placed in the Sea Lion Building at Blair Drummond Safari Park. There is spaces for large 2D canvases and posters as well as 3D art pieces.  If your feeling ambitious, artwork can be as large as 4ft x 10ft.
  • Consideration should be given to how the artwork will be installed at Blair Drummond.
  • You will be responsible for transporting you art piece to Blair Drummond if you are chosen as a winner. Please consider this when creating your piece. There is flexibility around when you can drop off your artwork before the event. Please get in touch if you have any concerns.

 The Report

  • The report must have a clear structure to it and include a Title, Aim, Method, Results and Conclusion. The reports must all be in submitted in a PDF or Word Document.
  • The report should cover the research and work the pupils carried out. We would encourage pupils to go beyond the school gate and engage with their local community and businesses. We would also ask pupils to demonstrate how learnings will be incorporated into future projects.


  • The competition is open to all schools in Scotland.
  • Entrants will be judged by a team from Keep Scotland Beautiful and Blair Drummond Safari Park.
  • Submissions will be judged on overall quality, detail of the investigation carried out and creativity in artistic response.
  • There is no maximum or minimum group size and we would accept up to two entries per school. We would encourage quality over quantity of entrants.
  • All winning entries will be displayed at Blair Drummond and winners will receive free entry to the Safari Park to see their work . 
  • The overall winning group will receive a backstage experience at the park. This will include meeting the keepers and the opportunity to see behind the scenes
  • Where there is a large response, the competition will be segregated in age categories, so entrants are judged in comparison to peers. 

We are looking forward to seeing your pupils' responses.  If you have any questions, please get in touch with heather.mclaughlin@keepscotlandbeautiful.org 01786 468247.


30 May 2019

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