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, in an Exhibition Event at the end of the competition, hosted by the V&A Dundee.

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.

The Competition will run in the Spring Term. The submission deadline is 5pm Friday 8th March 2024.


Please register to take part in the Competition using the form below

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.


Resources for teachers including an information sheet, PowerPoint presentation and Promotional Poster will be made available before the Christmas break.


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