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Moby goes mobile at the Clipper Race

Date Created: 6th Oct 2023

The Clipper Race - Artswork workshop - making a plastic sea creature

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Back in August, Moby, a 12 ft whale came to life. Moby was created by artist Alice Bee working with participants on our Portsmouth Creative Skills programme together with other partners including University of Portsmouth. The primary goal was not only to create a giant whale but also to send a message about environmental awareness and plastic pollution.  

The Clipper Race - Artswork - Moby the plastic whale

We took Moby to the Clipper race (a round the world yacht race) in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth on the 1st and 2nd September where we conducted engaging workshops. These workshops focused on transforming recycling plastic waste into art pieces. Families who engaged embraced the activity and one young boy was so inspired that he returned the next day with his own recycled materials, eager to build another sea creature. 

The Clipper Race - Artswork - Make a Sea Creature

The event was a vibrant hub of activity, with families and participants gathered to witness Moby being ‘swum’ through the crowds. The reaction from the young people was great. We had lots of conversations with the crowds about plastic pollution and the project and people expressed their now heightened awareness of plastic pollution and their commitment to making a positive change in their communities.  

The Clipper Race - Artswork workshop - making a plastic sea creature

What’s most remarkable about this event is the lasting impact it will have. The young voices we heard will play a pivotal role in shaping future creative commissions. They shared their thoughts on environmental issues and what they want to see in their neighbourhoods. Our future projects will be influenced by these young people, ensuring that their ideas will lead to real positive youth-led change.  

The Clipper Race - Artswork plastic workshop


This project is supported by public funding from Arts Council England. 

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