New art exhibition hopes to encourage people to be more sustainable

REsolve: a Creative Approach to the Circular Economy features the work of 12 artists.

REsolve: a Creative Approach to the Circular Economy showing at Kirkcaldy Galleries in Fife Email

A new exhibition at Kirkcaldy Galleries in Fife is shining a light on the climate emergency in an effort to encourage people to be more sustainable.

REsolve: a Creative Approach to the Circular Economy features the work of 12 artists and is aiming to help people view waste in a different way.

Curator Mella Shaw told STV News: “The idea behind the exhibition is that artists, designers and makers are already thinking in a very progressive way.

“We’re very used to using resources differently and we understand materials.”

The exhibition is based around the four principles of the circular economy; transforming waste into something functional, designing items that can be taken apart and repaired, sharing and mending items and using renewable energy sources.

Artist: Carol Sinclair has created a plastic mobile.Email

Carol Sinclair is one of the artists involved and is transforming waste into something functionable.

Since she started working on her plastic mobile, her own buying habits have changed and she no longer buys plastic that can’t be recycled.

The ceramic artist said: “We need to change our attitude to plastic, because at the moment we throw it away and we really shouldn’t.

“We should recycle as much as we possibly can.

“We don’t want to keep making more because we’ve got enough of it, what we need to do is recycle it and reuse it.”

Ms Sinclair added: “I think the job we have as artists is to raise awareness.

“My mobile is intended to be a bit of fun, but also with a serious message. It contains lots of different types of plastics, some are recyclable and some aren’t so easy to recycle.”

For Janet Hughes, her textiles have a bigger message about using materials and skills that we already have on our doorstep.

Her jacket and blanket are made from grey sheep wool, which would normally go to waste as it’s not suitable for mass production.

The weaver said: “There are people in this country who can use the resources we have locally and can make a good product that will last.”

The exhibition is running until May 8.