Masterpieces selected for Gallery of Modern Art exhibition

Children from five winning Eco-schools from across Glasgow and South Lanarkshire have been chosen to have their artwork displayed as part of a major exhibition on littered single use drinks containers in the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art.

Pupils from schools across Glasgow, West and East Dunbartonshire, North and South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde were invited to take part in the competition, which challenged the young people to investigate why drinks packaging, such as bottles, cans, coffee cups and juice cartons, present a litter problem and explore potential solutions.

The competition encouraged entrants to consider the global impacts of single use drinks packaging and create a collaborative piece of art, accompanied by a short report which explained their concerns, findings and solutions they found.

Out of 24 entries, 12 schools made the final judging panel.  The following schools were selected as the top five.

  • Calderwood Primary, Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire

Five and six year olds linked their concern of drinks litter with the impact that this has on marine wildlife.  One pupil commented: “If all the fish are sick from eating plastic bottles and we eat the fish then we will have sore tummies”.  To raise awareness of this issue, the pupils collected 239 bottle caps from the whole school and created a mosaic of how the sea could look without plastic drinks container waste.  The children are sharing their plastic recycling message with the community, and have decided to refill their own water bottles instead of buying single use ones.

  • Mosspark Primary, Glasgow

The Eco-Committee focussed on the issue of littered drinks packaging, carrying out Clean Ups and surveys of the area surrounding the school to find out how big the problem is.  After speaking to local people, the children decided to make a sculpture of Glasgow from drinks containers, sharing the message that they do not want to see their home turned into “a city of trash”.

  • St Monica’s Primary, Glasgow

The P6 pupils split into three teams to investigate the problem: one team carrying out a Clean Up, one team speaking with the local community and the final team interviewing local shopkeepers. They painted cans and made them into a sculpture of the world, as they felt that the issue of single use containers is a global problem. The pupils also plan on displaying posters of solutions in local shops.

  • St Oswald's (ASN) Secondary, Glasgow

After carrying out surveys investigating how many drinks containers are used each day within the school, the pupils decided to make a monster bin to encourage everyone to recycle.  The pupils worked with Costa Coffee in Clarkston, who donated cups for the monster bin to be made from.

  • Sunnyside Primary, Glasgow

The whole school played a part in researching the problem of litter by carrying out many local clean ups.  The pupils were particularly concerned with milk cartons and plastic straws, as they estimated a staggering 30,000 cartons and straws are used in Glasgow schools each day.  Their sculpture is a gannet, an iconic seabird, made from milk cartons and papier mache with a transparent stomach showing the contents to include multiple pieces of plastic as well as fish.  They have also created a campaign, #NaeStrawAtAw, in partnership with Ullapool Primary, encouraging individuals and businesses to reduce their use of plastic straws.

Each winning entry will be displayed in the Gallery of Modern Art, and the overall winner will be announced at a presentation on Wednesday 25 October.


09 October 2017

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