Art book

Waste Art Book: | ManchesterWorld

The book was created by two artists who held a series of workshops with local residents.

The people of Trafford have literally created an art book out of trash by turning trash into drawings and paintings.

The volume is an unusual way to draw attention to the litter problem and was created by a community arts group.

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Residents participated in workshops and brought in trash that had been dumped in the streets before turning it into art.

Project participants say they hope the book will make people think twice about putting rubbish in a bin or taking it home.

What is the Rubbish Art Book and how was it created?

The Rubbish Art Book is launched by OT Creative Space, a community art group and studio based in the Old Trafford area, and was conceived as a project by artists Liz Lock and Mishka Henner,

They wanted to highlight the problem of litter dumping in the Old Trafford community, but wanted an innovative and eye-catching approach to get people thinking about the issue.

The result was a series of workshops that have now led to the creation of the Rubbish Art Book, a brilliant 200-page volume containing over 100 works of art that may contain rubbish but are certainly anything but rubbish.

“The Art of Garbage” exhibited at OT Creative Space

There will be indoor and outdoor displays of original art, with festival-goers encouraged to identify scrap art that has been placed on the site.

The workshops that went into creating the Rubbish Art Book attracted artists of all ages and skill levels. Participants were asked to bring litter they found on the streets on their way to the workshops, with Mishka and Liz offering a series of drawing exercises to help find a way to represent litter using techniques such as pencil, charcoal, watercolor and pencil.

What has been said about the project?

Mishka, who is originally from Belgium but now lives in Old Trafford and has had works exhibited in galleries around the world, said that while the project may involve drawing or painting rubbish, that certainly does not mean that the region is a rotten place to live.

He said: ‘We love this place and hope the skills and talents of our fellow citizens and neighbors showcased on the pages of the book will help people think twice before littering.

“These days, the council and Amey seem to respond faster when you tweet about them. And while books are a slower form of communication, they’re permanent, unlike tweets. So we can’t wait to see how our book will circulate in the community.

“As residents of Old Trafford, we wanted to find a way to talk about rubbish without resorting to the usual complaints or rants. Instead, we wanted to use art as a tool for reflection and connection.

““I’m always trying to find more engaging ways to use art to describe or reflect on cultural and social issues. It doesn’t matter how skillful you are or how well you know how to handle paint or a pencil.

“What matters is just taking the time to make marks on paper, discuss whatever comes to mind with strangers and friends, and enjoy the creative and thought process. .”

Lynda Sterling, Founder of OT Creative Space, with the Rubbish Book of Art

Sally Hirst, from Old Trafford, created several pieces including one which used the drawing of an abandoned child she found on the street.

“Even though the child clearly thought his drawing sucked, I saw the beauty of it, from the crumpled texture to the way it was folded and the colors used,” she said.

“The workshop helped me see the beauty in everything – even garbage! Everything has a value and each piece of waste tells a story.

Another local resident, Ravinder Virdee, said: “It was really inspiring to create art out of scraps. Who would have thought that such beauty could be found in litter? »

Ravinder Virdee with the book

OT Creative Space founder and visual artist Lynda Sterling, who received funding from Arts Council England for the project, said: “Mishka and Liz’s work fits perfectly with what we are passionate about: bringing art to the community and use it. as a tool to highlight problems.

“The waste life drawing lessons they developed for the project were a perfect fit with our mission as a community creative space. Their vision for a book went further and gave the community something we can enjoy more permanently.

Can I get a copy of the Rubbish Art Book?

The Rubbish art book is available from June 4 for purchase in the OT Creative Space. It costs £5.