Project Albatross & The Challenge are Closed!



Albatross Sculpture

Project Albatross has been so amazing! Its taken us to No10 to meet the PM, to the NHM London and gained the support of children around the world and some pretty fantastic celebrities.

A BIG thank you to all the schools who took part in our Poetry & Illustration Challenge. Entries have poured in from all over the globe as young people unite in a resounding message to stop plastic pollution!

Ada Gravatt 9

The children have been joined in their efforts by amazing celebrities such as Sir David Attenborough, Sir Ben Kingsley, Sir Quentin Blake, Joanna Lumley, John Hurt, Richard E Grant, Russell Tovey, Steve Backshall and Jack Johnson to name a few… All will feature in our educational ebook app that will help spread the message to others.

The judging process will begin in early May, winners will be announced by June. Then it’s full steam ahead to put the ebook app together…




Today is the final date for entries to the EcoTales poetry and illustration challenge…

We are overwhelmed with the quality of the work we have received and we are so grateful to everyone, from Sir David Attenborough to the children all over the globe who have contributed words and images.
Lattie Greenwood 9 smsp Jack Johnson's DoodleRunner up 1 - Amilia
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We are now going to get our heads down and get to work on producing our ebook ‘The Monster we Made’.  We will let you know how we are getting on and show you how we are progressing.

Plastic awareness day in schools

After a busy couple of weeks of assemblies, the entries to the poetry and illustration competition are flooding in.

Well done Bishop Perrin, St Stephens, and St Mary’s and St Peters School who all had plastic awareness days. The EcoTales team started them off with an assembly but then the teachers and pupils took over and got stuck in. It was so great to walk through the schools and see all the classes hard at work creating poems and pictures to raise awareness about plastic pollution.

The pupils were all really keen to find out more about the issue and were full of suggestions for how to reduce the problem. We can’t wait to see all their creative work.

neve picNeve, Year 5

Stanleytross Joins Plastic Art Exhibition at the ONCA Gallery Brighton!

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.

Albatross Sculpture

Main Gallery

Featuring the work of seven new artists to ONCA, all with new and unique views on plastic.

Andrew McNaughton – Steve McPherson – Jean Baynham – Angela McMahon – Jan Nowell – Lindsay Taylor –  Mary Flynn

Downstairs: Children’s Gallery

What creatures will be ‘Fit to Survive’ in a plastic-filled world?  This film by Curious – – 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.

Local schools get creative with plastic pollution

The next few weeks are shaping up to be busy and exciting for EcoTales.  Next week, we will be holding assemblies at Bishop Perrin C of E school in Whitton and Buckland Primary in Surrey.  You might remember that pupils at Buckland took part in workshops before our festival last year and they created awesome plastic jellyfish and milk bottle birds.


Milk bottle birds created by Buckland Primary for the EcoTales Festival 2013

And we are really excited to be visiting St Mary’s and St Peter’s school in  Teddington and St Stephen’s in Twickenham the week after.

We will be talking to the pupils about our poetry and illustration challenge.  We want them to come up with pictures and poems to feature in the ebook we are creating called “The Monster we Made”.

We can’t wait to meet all the pupils and we will definitely be sharing some of their work with you.

There’s still time to send us your entries if you are or you know anyone aged 16 or under.  We’ve got all the information on our entries page as well as lots of inspiration and information.  The closing date for entries is 31st March.