Thames Plastic | by Maria Arceo

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Thames Plastic | by Maria Arceo

Thames Plastic | by Maria Arceo

Maria Arceo By Maria Arceo

Help artist Maria Arceo raise enough funds to create an impactful artwork to raise awareness about plastic pollution entering London's most immediate water environments: the Thames.

Southwark Idea stage

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Artist Maria Arceo began an ambitious project to highlight the problem of plastic pollution entering water environments: one of the most pressing and widespread global environmental concerns of our times – and yet one that could still be easily resolved or improved. Since September ‘16, Maria has been cleaning the foreshore along the tidal Thames, from Teddington up to the Sea, with the purpose of showcasing Londoners the real magnitude and environmental impact of plastic debris entering our rivers and ultimately our oceans. Tonnes of plastic are being collected and kept, which will be used for informative and interactive arts & science based events with the help of King's College London and Somerset House. We need your donation to help us raise enough funds to achieve Maria’s vision and create a truly impactful art installation for September 2017 - in order to showcase London's real plastic footprint on the Thames and advocate for change. Help us make the Thames plastic-free!

What we'll deliver:

  • ORGANISE CLEANUP EVENTS ALONG THE THAMES
  • ORGANISE THAMES 'PLASTIC EXPLORATION' WORKSHOPS
  • ORGANISE SCREENINGS, PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND OPEN TALKS
  • PRODUCE A LARGE FINAL ART INSTALLATION THAT WILL RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE PLASTIC POLLUTION

Why it's a great idea:

Recent research on plastic pollution in marine environments has gained momentum and produced large amounts of numerical data & facts. Did you know that: - Plastic waste constitutes approx. 90% of all ocean waste? - 80% of plastic waste in the oceans comes from land-based sources? - Rivers are one of the main channels transporting our city’s plastic waste onto the sea, including the Thames (300 tones per year)? These are overwhelming figures, however they're quite hard to visualise and engage with for all generations! With this project, Maria aims to help us visualise and quantify the real amounts and true impact of plastic pollution; whilst informing use about its scientific qualities and its main point of infiltration: street littering. This project is all about collaboration - everybody will be invited to our events and help the artist in this journey - aiming to make London an international example for change and civic collaboration towards a more sustainable future!

Steps to get it done:

  • Finalise the collection of plastics along the tidal Thames (Mid-May)
  • Conduct Plastic Cleaning Workshops to prepare items for Workshop at Somerset House (15 - 25 May)
  • Deliver a large Interactive Art workshop and a 'Pop Up Plastic Lab' at Somerset House with King's (June 3rd - 11th)
  • Organise a few more Beachcleans throughout the summer in central London with Thames21 (May - September )
  • Buying the materials to construct the artwork (May -June 2017)
  • Recruiting volunteers to help in the production of the art installation (July - August 2017)
  • Producing the final artwork (July -August 2017)
  • Install the artwork! (By September 1st 2017)

Please note that we will have many events going on during the next months, and we will need volunteers and participants! Please check out our events site: https://www.thamesplastic.com/clean-ups-events JOIN US!

Location Southwark

Southwark has 221 other projects and £905,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

The Thames

Council

London Borough of Southwark

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How will the money be spent?Total £34,306

Artwork Production - £31,000 (90%)
Other - £3,306 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

90%
Artwork Production
£31,000
10%
Other
£3,306
  • Spacehive fees
    £1,550
  • Transaction Fees
    £1,446
  • VAT
    £310

Total £34,306

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