Deckchairs – Diane Watson

Deckchairs – Diane Watson

As part of the Great Place Tees Valley programme, Hartlepool Borough council commissioned Diane Watson, champion beachcomber, to produce new art works based on the theme of beach plastics.

The deckchairs and sandcastles are designed to raise awareness that plastic sea pollution is an issue that blights our beaches here in the North East. The materials have all been collected from our coastline during my daily dog walks at Seaton, the Headland or Crimdon. Since the start of the year, I have collected more than 5000 pieces of plastic which have been transformed into artworks which challenge our understanding of living by the seaside and how people are contributing to the pollution which reaches the seas and coastlines.

From a distance, the deckchairs and castles appear as colourful, familiar seaside objects – but on closer inspection they reveal that a fun day at the beach can have long-lasting consequences.

For this project, I wanted to work with local schoolchildren to engage them in the issue of plastic pollution. I held workshops at several schools and community groups in Hartlepool including Catcote, Golden Flatts, Eldon Grove and St Joseph’s.

During these sessions, the children helped to arrange the plastic items into patterns which were photographed and turned into different colour designs for the deckchairs.

This helped to stimulate discussion around pollution and what we could do as a community to reduce our use of plastic products and how to manage waste responsibly.

Times: 10:00 -17:00

Day: Saturday & Sunday

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