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Waste Transformed

This is a project funded by the British Science Association for Science Week We are working with survivors of domestic abuse, part of a new group called 4Transform.

Inspired by the work of Jan Eric Visser we will explore waste, its composition and its potential for becoming something more creative, useful, beautiful, quirky, thought-provoking, practical...

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

Inspired by the work of Jan Eric Visser and the other artists showing as part of TrashArt, we are 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 are working 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 will be supplied, or found and the project will be conducted in a supportive and friendly atmosphere with plenty of help and advice available at each stage.


12 March 11-2 Explore the whole subject of waste with Jan Eric Visser and the project team

13 March - 21 April Times to be arranged: with the support of project team, work individually to source, investigate and transform a selected body of waste material

23 March Show and tell with Andrew Mayes to discuss composition of materials and plan next stage of making with project team

21 April Earth Day display with KLimate group in St Nicholas church exhibition

Apply via 4Transform or 

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. 

Here is what  members have said about previous projects: 

“The  project is me literally im like a womble collect up loadsa random stuff and make something amazing!!xx” 

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