Competition invites students to tackle marine litter with art

Tuesday 5th December 2017

Schoolchildren across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to explore the growing problem of marine litter in our seas by creating a piece of artwork from everyday plastic items strewn across their local shores.

The competition, organised by Ulster Wildlife and the NI Science Festival, is part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness of the serious and growing problem of marine litter, particularly plastics, in our seas, and its impact on our wildlife.

Pupils, from both primary and secondary schools, are invited to create an interesting and engaging 3D marine-wildlife themed art piece using commonly found litter such as plastic bottles, tops, and foam packaging collected from their local beach.

Our competition encourages young people to tackle marine litter with art and to think about how they can play their part in reducing plastic pollution in their everyday lives

The winning pieces will be used to highlight the issue of marine litter at events around the coast and will be displayed at Bangor Carnegie Library during the NI Science Festival and at Ulster Wildlife’s Living Seas Art Exhibition, in Downpatrick, in June 2018.

The overall winning entries from primary and post-primary school categories will also receive tickets for 30 students and 2 teachers to attend an event at the NI Science Festival 2018.

Dave Wall, Living Seas Officer with Ulster Wildlife said, “Each year, eight million tonnes of plastic litter is dumped in our seas and is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in our ocean. This has serious impacts on our marine wildlife such as seabirds, seals and sharks, which mistake it as food or die from getting entangled in it.

"Our competition encourages young people to tackle marine litter with art and to think about how they can play their part in reducing plastic pollution in their everyday lives.”

The closing date for entries is 22 January 2018.

Find out more about our Schools’ Marine Litter Art Competition and how to apply. 

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