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Glasgow’s Tall Ship exhibits Upstream Battle marine litter artworks

We are proud to announce the opening of our marine litter art exhibition as part of our Upstream Battle campaign. Showcased around the Tall Ship at Riverside, Glasgow is a variety of artwork produced by pupils from across the Clyde Valley who participated in our marine litter artwork competition earlier this year.

The Upstream Battle competition challenged schools from across the Clyde Valley to investigate the journey of marine litter from source to sea. They were asked to measure litter in their community and explore the possible pathways of litter ending up in the ocean. These findings were then presented in an artistic medium and judged based on their imaginative solutions.

The competition raised pupil’s awareness of the source to sea pathway of marine litter and how they can help tackle this problem.

Entries ranged from sculptures to poetry and songs and we are proud to showcase a selection of them in the Tall Ship at Riverside. The exhibition will run over the summer holidays, launching on the 10th July and on display until the 15th August.

Included in the exhibition is the zone winner ‘Sea the damage’ mural by Aitkenhead Primary School who illustrated the marine litter problem by using plastic bottles to create 3D models of fish. Each fish was filled with plastic and included a message to represent the feelings and voices of the fish. Some included rhymes: “I wish I could swim in a sea that’s plastic free”, or “Be fantastic – Recycle plastic!”
The exhibition also includes the works of pupils from across the Clyde Valley including High Blantyre Primary School (South Lanarkshire), Wemyss Bay Primary School and Nursery Class (Inverclyde), Hamilton Grammar School (South Lanarkshire) and Isobel Mair Family Centre (East Renfrewshire).

The initiative is part of our Upstream Battle campaign, which we are running in partnership with RECOUP to tackle litter levels along the entire length of the River Clyde - raising awareness of how litter journeys from land to sea. Further information on our campaign can be found at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/upstreambattle.


The Tall Ship at Riverside is free to enter and is open daily from 10am – 5pm (last admissions 4:30pm). Over the summer months there are free, drop-in activities for children (3+) from noon – 3pm every day.

10 July 2019

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