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Art is rubbish


For the foreseeable future, art can be rubbish too#LitterRally


Artist Rob Hamp and collaborators invite you to engage with an electric vehicle odyssey from the UK’s City of Culture 2021 to Britain’s coastal hotspots, informing the narrative for a new environmental artwork.


A Gesture of Goodwill

Creative routes to environmental sustainability

Art Can Be Rubbish Too aims to encourage recycling, civic pride, and asks us to look again at our own relationship to waste. 

Throughout August 2021, Warwickshire-based artist Rob Hamp travelled to the following locations to collect litter and sand that will inform the work: Skegness (2nd August), Great Yarmouth (4th August)Weston-Super-Mare (9th August), Blackpool (11th August), St Ives (17th & 18th August), Margate (23rd August), Folkestone (25th August).

Back in Coventry, Rob is hosting collaborative and performative sorting sessions, where the waste materials are sifted through, documented, elevated into temporary micro-artworks before being responsibly disposed of. The final artwork will be presented at the Old Grammar School in Coventry from October 2021 to January 2022.

Check Out Rob’s Routes

Click the map pins to discover Rob's routes and what happened at each stop!

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Art can be rubbish on social media too #LitterRally

Media Coverage & Enquiries

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16/08/21 – ‘You. Smart. Thing.’ Informs An Artistic Route To Environmental Sustainability

21/07/21 – Announcements And Invitations: Art Can Be Rubbish Too

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Art Can Be Rubbish Too