Upstream Battle Marine Litter Art Competition

Raise awareness of source to sea marine litter in the River Tay and help tackle the plastic pollution problem, through our 'craftivism' competition. 

About the Art Competition:

We are asking young people across Tayside to research the ‘source to sea’ pathway of marine litter and explore how litter in their community could end up as marine litter in the sea. Following their investigations, we invite participants to represent their thoughts through an artistic medium, such as sculptures, paintings, photographs, video or poetry. The more imaginative, the better!

Entries will be showcased across our social media channels, on our website, and excitingly at an Exhibition Event at the end of the competition.

The project is an ideal opportunity for pupils to engage in Learning for Sustainability and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, clear connections can also be found across the Curriculum for Excellence Experiences and Outcomes and STEM learning. Schools undertaking their Eco-Schools Green Flag Award journey may also wish to use the project as part of their work on the programme's Litter & Waste or Water Topics.

The competition is open to early years, primary and additional support needs establishments, as well as uniform or community groups working with this age group in Tayside local authority areas of Perth and Kinross; Dundee and Angus.

Enter the competition by emailing a photo of the pupils' artwork and a short project report to ecoschools@keepscotlandbeautiful.org by Friday 15th March. 

Register to take part using the form at the bottom of the page.


Watch the video presentation with your pupils to find out more about the competition and source to sea litter.

 The information sheet for educators gives further details about the project and design criteria. 

Share or display the promotional poster to encourage others to take part in the Art Competition.

Complete the report template when you submit your entry.

Workshops and live lessons:

30 January 2024, 10 - 10.45 am Climate Change-The Plastic Age with Gail McGregor 

We were joined by Skye-based artist Gail McGregor to hear her story of creating a life-sized sculpture from debris collected from her local beaches and the journey it has taken around Scotland to raise awareness of marine litter. 

Use the Weaving Activity Sheet to have a go at creating your own weaving out of reused materials, inspired by Gail's sculpture Climate Change: The Plastic Age.



13 February 2024, 10 - 10.45 am Eco-Design: Repurpose, Reuse and Recycle!

We were joined by Elaine, from Dundee-based creative collective ScrapAntics to find out all about repurposing, reusing and recycling resources for art! 

Use the Mask Making Activity Sheet and shapes template to create a sculptured mask out or recycled materials and consider how to use different textures, shapes and sustainable fixings - such as homemade glue and natural paints.

This optional question is aimed at the coordinating staff member to capture information for feedback and evaluation. Quotes will also be used for promotion and reporting purposes.


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