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Waste Transformed

This began as a project funded by the British Science Association for Science Week We have continued ever since then, weekly.

A Trash poetry workshop led by Emily Dufresne

Experimeting with plastics as art materials

Collecting trash by the River Great Ouse

Bringing back the trash

Andrew Mayes talking to the Waste Transformed participants about plastics in the environment

Some experiments with plastic


Waste Transformed

The Art and Politics of Trash - April 28, 2018

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Repair cafes and CirculART, in and around Cambridge

As part of the Jan Eric Visser exhibition season, on April 28 2018, we held an event about the politics of trash art. Two of the many inspiring speakers from that day, Nicole Barton and Jenny Langley  talked about some of the initiatives to work with recycling - remaking and repairing stuff - and exhibiting art-works from recycled materials. This film by James Murray-White recorded their talks.  

Another contribution on the day of talks about the art and politics of trash was David Ousby who talked about wood recycling. Here he is talking about his programme in Cambridge

Waste Transformed

Originally inspired by the work of Jan Eric Visser and the other artists showing as part of TrashArt, we began exploring waste, its composition and its potential for becoming something more creative, useful, beautiful, quirky, thought-provoking, practical...

Jan Eric Visser began his relationship with King's Lynn by exploring its waste. In 2017 he took a walk along the banks of the River Great Ouse and collected 11 items which he subsequently turned into art - on show as part of TrashArt, until June 2, 2018 ...

Jan Eric Visser collecting rubbish from along the banks of the Great Ouse river, which he has made into art objects for his show TrashArt 10 March -2 June. This is one of the inspirations for the Waste Transformed project

Project Outline

We have worked with artists and materials scientist Andrew Mayes to look at what waste is made of, and what we can do with it, and how to transform it into new objects.  Whether our new objects are useful, beautiful, playful or funny - they will prove that waste has a useful future - thought-provoking and valuable.

All materials have been supplied, or found and the project  conducted in a supportive and friendly atmosphere with plenty of help and advice available at each stage.

The original project ran from 12 March - 21 April 2018 with 4 Transform, a new group formed to support sufferers of domestic abuse.

The project began on 23 March 2018, with a  'Show and tell' with Dr Andrew Mayes from UEA, to discuss composition of materials and plan next stage of making with project team. The Culmination was on 21 April, Earth Day, with a display with the KLimate group in St Nicholas church King's Lynn exhibition

Funded by the British Science Association, for British Science Week, 9-18 March

About 4Transform

Our group is run by survivors and we are committed  to supporting  anyone  affected by domestic abuse  using creativity  to improve your wellbeing. 

 “ what’s special about Creativity is using the combination of supporting people  by building relationships around making  things like you never knew you could  “