It's not everyday you make an 8ft tall whale! We had lots of fun working with the local community in Warstones, Wolverhampton on Sunday 25th July 2021 - including young people and our extended RAW team - on this huge recycled plastic sculpture. The project was organised by Penn Climate Action as part of Plastic Free July 2021 and supported by Creative Black Country. Local people delivered plastics for us to use to make the sculpture to show how much plastic we throw away in a day. #plasticfreejuly #GivingPeopleACreativeVoice #finleeslegacy #BigLinkUp #plasticpollution
Watch a video of the whale 'skeleton' going into the ground
Alex Vann from RAW did a 2 day of art workshop at Spring Vale Primary School, Wolverhampton on 30th June and 1st July 2021. The focus was on plastic pollution and the effects on Marine life. Working with a Year 6 student bubble, Alex encouraged every student to draw a stingray using soft pencils, create an origami stingray, and think about recycling using drawings and statements.
Oh and of course they built a huge sculpture using recycled materials the children brought in from home and the children named it 'Stevie'!
Alex also did a series of assemblies to the whole school and talked about his career as an artist, designer and workshop leader and as a lead artist on the Wolves in Wolves public art project.
It was a great way to use creativity to address serious issues and also have lots of fun creating colourful and interesting new work.
Here's what the school said:
This year we decided to celebrate the Art curriculum by holding an arts week in which the whole school could enjoy.
Alex Vann is an all round creative. He formed RAW in 1997 out of a University project and restarted it in 2018 after working as a graphic designer for agencies and in-house for many years.