Tue, 25 May | Southend Pier

Twelve Rubbish Photos

Twelve Rubbish Photos for Southend Pier by Imogen Welch
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Twelve Rubbish Photos

Time & Location

25 May, 10:15 – 13 Jun, 20:00
Southend Pier, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, UK

About the Event

The Southend Beach Rubbish Project started in 2016 when artist Imogen Welch began making regular visits to Southend on Sea. The rubbish, particularly the plastic pollution, on the town’s beaches became the main focus of her work.

Imogen has created twelve distinct photos for Southend Pier in association with the Estuary Festival 2021.  The objects in the images range from ubiquitous beach toys, ice cream spoons, bottle tops and straws, to disturbing (sewage related) cotton buds sticks and tampon applicators. Viewers are challenged to look at the litter in a different way. By playing with attraction and revulsion, the work aims to draw attention to our relationship to local and more global ecology and responsibility. 

All the beaches where the plastic was collected can be seen from the pier. The images are displayed on the wall of The Royal Pavilion.