Opportunity: Create temporary public street art for the Upstream Battle

27th August 2019

Invitation to create artwork to promote the Upstream Battle Week of Action campaign tackling marine litter.

It is estimated the 12.7 million tonnes of plastic gets into the sea every year – that’s a truck full of litter each minute! It’s killing wildlife, threatening ecosystems and habitats, and is extremely difficult and expensive to clean up.

Litter dropped on land is washed into gutters, blown into streams and makes its way via our rivers into the ocean. Focused on the River Clyde and its tributaries, Upstream Battle is our ambitious campaign to stop litter on land reaching the sea.

We have decided to have a concentrated Week of Action, 14th – 20th September 2019, to raise as much awareness as possible, to have as many clean up events as we can and complete a large number of litter surveys.

The Brief

We want Upstream Battle to be edgier than our other campaigns. We want it to make a big impact. The Week of Action is to be a high-profile, fast-paced 7 days of action and we want it to make a big impact. A very public streetscape will help us promote both the overall campaign and the Week of Action.

With that in mind, we are looking for temporary creative artwork using different and imaginative ways to our core campaign messages (see below).

The artwork will be displayed on the streets of Glasgow during the weekend of 14th and 15th September 2019.

Campaign messages:
– Upstream Battle is looking to stop litter’s journey from land to sea
– 80% of marine litter comes from land
– 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enters the marine environment every year
– 88% of people in Scotland believes the amount of litter in rivers is a problem

What are our aims and objectives?
1. To increase awareness, understanding and engagement among people in the Clyde Catchment area with the pathway of marine litter from land to sea
2. To increase awareness of and engagement with the campaign and its Week of Action among people in the Clyde Catchment area
3. To generate publicity and PR for the campaign

What would we like from you?
After reading our background and aims, please submit:
– Written ideas of how you would fulfil our brief
– Examples of previous work
– Cost (per artwork)

What’s the deadline?
Thursday, 5th September 2019

This deadline has now passed.

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