Subversive Plasticity@St Mary's Nantwich

With partners from PlasticFreeNantwich, Keele’s Hacking Plastic team set up their Subversive Plasticity exhibition for a week. The gallery was the historic St Mary’s Church, an 800+ year-old stonework building in the town centre.

Over 1200 people visited the church during the exhibition. Two schools participated in a making workshop where 44 primary school students added their own artworks to the Reef and Net installations. Another two schools visited the exhibition, bringing 60 students to see the artworks.

Keele GGE’s Nicole Githua (MA Geographical Research) spoke on her work with Ocean Sole, a social enterprise working with flip-flop waste in Kenya. PhD candidate Lei Xiaoyu (Greenie) gave visitors at the launch event (Sunday, 23rd) a tour of the Reef, alongside B arts executive producer Richard Redwin who built the work.

Special guests included Nantwich Mayor Cllr Arthur Moran and MP for Crewe and Nantwich, Laura Smith, as well as members of the Nantwich Borough Council. Elected officials here are listening very closely to public expressions of concern about plastic waste and recycling, so Subversive Plasticity captured their attention, showing them just how pervasive plastic waste can be and how challenging it is to manage for members of the public.

The next stop for Subversive Plasticity is Far Eastern University, Manila, the Philippines!

Dr Deirdre Mackay

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