21st – 30th March 2014
Plastic is a part of our culture. We use it and we throw it away. And then it comes back. It is in the flow of the rivers, the swells of the ocean; it has been ingested into the food chain and released into the atmosphere. In many ways it has enhanced our lives and advanced our labours, but in the world’s hidden places plastic is accumulating.
Featuring the work of seven new artists to ONCA, all with new and unique views on plastic.
Downstairs: Children’s Gallery
What creatures will be ‘Fit to Survive’ in a plastic-filled world? This film by Curious – www.placelessness.com – was originally commissioned to celebrate the anniversary of Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’. It will play throughout the exhibition, and visitors asked to create their own gallery of ideas with the help of workshops run by professional doodler and award-winning filmmaker Roy Zoner.
In The Courtyard
Environmental arts organisation Ecotales and children from Stanley Primary School in Teddington bring Stanleytross the up-cycled albatross to ONCA. In order to highlight the plight of the albatross, who now have stomachs full of plastic, each child in Stanley school from reception to year six cut out one feather from a plastic milk bottle or black plastic container to create the sculpture. Its feet are made from plastic bags and its head was created by artist Michelle Reader using recycled plastic bottles and bottle tops.
Throughout the exhibition, we will hold Stanleytross children’s writing and poetry workshops with ONCA’s resident writer, Joanna Coleman. Some of the results will be published in a book compiled by Ecotales, with a foreword by David Attenborough.
Workshops and Performance
22nd March, 1:30 – 4pm: Drop-in doodle workshop for all ages with Roy Zoner. Suggested donation of £5.
30th March, 2 – 4pm : Picturing Plastic – creative writing and illustration workshop with Joanna Coleman from ONCA and Louise Purnell from Ecotales.
How to Get There: As you come out of the main entrance of the station, turn immediately left down the hill onto Trafalgar Street. Walk all the way down to the bottom and when you come to the main road (London Road), turn right. We are a few doors down, opposite St. Peter’s Church, on the right.