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Creating Christmas with rubbish

Artists, schoolchildren, and community groups in Kent used their creativity to create art from rubbish which is on display in the High Street and Sunlight Community Centre until the start of next year.

The Christmas tree at the Sunlight Centre with (from left) Lyn Andrews, Headmistress of Saxon Way Primary School with pupils, Mayor of Medway Cllr Ken Webber, artist Tim Carrington (on the step ladder), and other volunteers.

One of the pieces of artwork was a Christmas tree made entirely of waste. Another was ‘Phoenix Woman’, a sculpture symbolising our wastefulness and hope for the future, created by project organiser Tina Lawlor Mottram.

Spurred into action by the closure of the town’s only art gallery in Gillingham Library, Lawlor Mottram started the project in protest, and received funding from the Arts Council, Friends of the Earth and other organisations. Most of the waste for the project was provided by waste transfer company Skipaway.

Skipaway managing director Mark Orsbourn said: “Tina managed to find all sorts of useful items that people had thrown out with their rubbish and the artists created some fabulous sculptures.”

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