RISE UP RESIDENCY teams up with artists to help make Margate plastic free

RISE UP RESIDENCY teams up with international artists and local community to help make Margate the first plastic free coastal town in the UK.

What went down

Dubbed the ‘RISE UP RESIDENCY’ – 17 contemporary artists from around the world took over on Margate last month to create a host of painted murals, each one with a message dedicated to raising awareness for ocean conservation and the issues caused by plastic in and near our oceans.

In the last two years, over 3000kg of rubbish has been collected from the seaside town’s beaches, the majority of which is single use plastic and packaging. 

Local businesses have embraced the art-led-activism and have joined forces with residents as well as the artists themselves to offer workshops and events during the first weekend of October to help everyone do their bit to reduce waste. 

What’s more, each installation has dedicated partners, ranging from climate NGOs such as Sea Shepherd, to sustainable brands, including NatraCare, a company producing eco-friendly product alternatives for periods, as well as a variety of local businesses and National Cultural Centre, People Dem Collective

Each mural will be carefully mapped-out throughout the famous seaside town in order to create the biggest impact within the community. Virtual and printable tour maps will be available on the Rise Up website for those who want to follow the trail. There will also be additional activities for kids which will make for a fun day out, especially during half term! 

A word from those that made it all happen

Amy Cook, founder of RISE UP. CLEAN UP. Margate, said, “We have embarked on a mission to clean up Margate’s beaches and protect our stunning local coastline, ocean and our native wildlife. However, just cleaning up what people leave behind isn’t enough. We need genuine systemic change that looks to eliminate the problem at the source.

My hope is that the RISE UP RESIDENCY, leads to changes in policy and actions that can help to usher in an era where Margate becomes single-use plastic free. Beyond that, I hope other seaside towns will follow suit and together we can help to bring about real change and preserve our gorgeous coastline for generations to come.”

Louis Masai, artist lead on the project and Margate resident, said, “When creatives, communities and commercial entities work together for the common good, the results can be genuinely astounding.

“While we’re waving the flag through street art and installations, we want other coastal communities to tap into their own authentic creativity and use the RISE UP RESIDENCY as a template to host their form of community activism. 

“Whether it’s music, art, theatre or poetry, focusing on the message and coming together as one is what will bring about the change we all need to see for a healthier, kinder regenerative future.”

How you can still get involved

The residency intends to support and directly engage with the community of Margate through a series of talks and workshops from local businesses and direct employment of locals to work on the programme.

For more information and the mural map, visit  http://riseupresidency.co.uk/. To keep in touch with the project and other activities from Rise Up Clean Up, visit https://www.riseupcleanup.co.uk/

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