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Date(s) - 24/11/2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

St Hilda's Church


Come and view the work of Diane Watson during Wintertide Festival. The environmental artist based in Hartlepool has recorded all the plastic items she has collected from our local beaches since the beginning of the year. The 6000-plus items that have been collected will be installed at the 800-year-old St Hilda’s Church. By using a space within one of the region’s oldest buildings, Diane hope’s to draw parallels between the permanence of an ancient structure and the futility of single use plastics which similarly exist for centuries without any of the cultural and historical significance.
“I have embarked on this solo journey to illustrate how much plastic waste one person can collect from just four miles of coastline. When we consider that the UK has 11,000 miles of coast, this collection exponentially emphasises the extent of hidden plastic in the seas.”
The aim of my work is to confront the viewer to the scale of the problem of single use plastics, identifying the ubiquitous throw-away items I find and challenge audiences to rethink their relationship with plastics.

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