Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Students' fresh look at garbage

Ulster students have declared war on litter by raising awareness about dumping rubbish.

Thanks to a Belfast City Council and University of Ulster initiative, postcards designed by students will be distributed in the Holyland area.

The 'Rubbish Art' project also aims to make students aware of their bin collection day and encourages them to dispose of their waste correctly.

Cathal Mullaghan, chairman of the council's health and environmental services committee, said that students were asked to make art from refuse material.

"We asked students to create a piece of art made entirely from rubbish they found on streets and in alleyways in the university area," he explained.

Mr Mullaghan said the council's ongoing 'Don't drop it, stop it!' anti-litter campaign has been hugely successful but added that there is room for improvement.

The 'Rubbish Art' project offered a series of workshops for students, including the use of Lawrence Street studio and advice from local artists.

Two winning projects have been selected. The first, a postcard featuring a photograph by Susan Kula, shows an alleyway full of rubbish with the slogan 'Wish You Were Here?'.

Susan, a final year student at the Art College, won £250 worth of vouchers for art supplies.

The second winner was a 'rubbish table' which incorporated litter found on the Holyland and university area. The creation by Annaliza Redmond and Riona Treacy won each of them a £125 voucher for art supplies.

Professor Bill Clarke, Provost of the University of Ulster's Belfast and Jordanstown campuses, praised the initiative:

"The University is Ulster is very conscious of the need to encourage good relations between students and the communities in which they live."

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