Summer Mix 2012
Plymouth City Council were providing free activities and courses for young people aged between 11 and 19 throughout the summer holidays and Zebra Collective ran a Rubbish Art Workshop on Friday 10th August:-
This workshop was about using recycled and appropriate waste to make art, and during the day we explored what is “rubbish”, and where our rubbish in Plymouth goes to, and how we can reuse rubbish.
The workshop was attended by 10 young people and 3 ambassadors. We had an excellent day of playing games to encourage participation and we had a lot of fun: our favourite game of the day was called “splat”. We piled all the “rubbish” in the middle of the room and we divided into small groups and explored themes of waste in Plymouth, this included discussing what is waste, where does it go to in Plymouth and what happens to it?
The art produced conveyed participants’ images / fantasy / thinking about what Plymouthcould look like in the future. One of the groups invented a Rubbish Olympics – which most of us “competed” in. We ended the workshop by sorting out all the different types of rubbish into bags so they can be reused and recycled. There was a Rubbish Olympic ceremony and an exhibition of the art at the end, attended by some of the parents, and administrators of Welcome Hall (our venue for the day).
The young people were very enthusiastic, and worked and listened well together. Our rubbish came from different sources including the Plymouth Play Association’s scrap store in Stonehouse.