Blue Planet inspired recycling art festival to come to Beeston

Inspiration from Blue Planet’s message of plastic waste in the ocean has led to the creation of an annual arts festival which aims to highlight how recycling can be used to create inspiring art.

The festival, The Remarkable Recycling Gala, now in its fifth year, is to be held at Middle Street Resource Centre in Beeston, 10am-5pm on Saturday 9th June.

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The Remarkable Recycling Gala, showcases how art and craft techniques can be used to create unique recycled products, encouraging people to reduce, reuse and recycle.

The process is called upcycling – turning old products into new ones. An example of this technique is that of Sarah Turner, award-winning Nottingham-based artist known for her lighting and sculptures made from waste plastic bottles, who will be at this year’s gala.

This technique builds on the government’s recent support for reducing plastics which stemmed from BBC One show Blue Planet and has inspired many residents to be aware of what they use and throw away.

The Recycling Gala will feature a range of craft stalls all selling recycled art, workshops where you can have a go at making your own recycled items, recycled art displays, films on the subject of waste and recycling, as well as festival-feel music and poetry performances. Visitors to the festival can also get their broken items fixed at a Repair Cafe, courtesy of Nottingham Fixers, or can purchase their own recycled scrap materials to make their own artwork or items, courtesy of Playworks Scrapstore.

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Founder and one of the organisers, Greg Hewitt said:

“With the hype of interest from Blue Planet recently, this festival is a perfect opportunity to gain inspiration from art made out of discarded items. The festival will be fun for all the family and there will be something for everyone. We hope people come and leave feeling inspired for creating their own recycled art. We’re really grateful to the Middle Street Resource Centre for their support of this festival.”

Paul Walsh, Business Development Manager at Middle Street Resource Centre said: “We are really happy to host this year’s Remarkable Recycling Gala. The centre is a perfect location with a beautiful garden which will play host to this year’s entertainment. We host many art and craft groups here and so it feels right for a recycling art festival to be hosted here.”