I went on 19th October to Bournemouth by the Sea Arts Festival. I had picked up a booklet advertising the festival and found out there were several things going on at the same time that might be of interest to me.


Wow a beautiful sunny day in October. Amazing! Lots of people and lots going on.  There were groups of artists that had won 2017 Open Call and were selected to respond to the theme “Plastic Beach and the Global Issue of Ocean Plastic” 

I saw a family sculpture made of recycled bottles as well as a bottle out of bottles. There was an abstract sculpture made out of straws. Puppets made out of plastic bags creating massive sea-gulls flying high in the sky and jellyfish floating, cycling fish. These were all made from rubbish collected off the beach. Music was also playing in the bandstand and dancers performing.

It was a big festival and one that encouraged people from all walks of life and all ages to be able to participate in this free event.  It was very well presented and made for a good day out.  There was something for everyone, but overall there was a clear message about recycling and the harm leaving rubbish can have on our environment.

I liked how rubbish was transformed into art. I liked the sculptures espcially the bottle made of plastic bottles. What did you learn which will help you to achieve your challenge?

It taught me and hopefully all those that visited that you can use rubbish for art and that recycling materials is important.  Although I haven't as yet used any recycled materials for my art as yet it has made me aware that i can keep my eyes open for materials that can be re-used i.e. wire for my sculpture base. Using plastic shapes that's used in packaging as a mould.

It was  an absolutely riveting festival which I enjoyed  because it was not only visually appealing it had a purpose and that was helping save our planet. 


Mya Bellenie

Mya Bellenie

I'm 16 and I am homeschooled. I'm inspired by Tim Burton and I'm into visual arts and I also like musical theatre.

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  • Luke Taylor

    On 30 January 2018, 11:01 Luke Taylor Contributor commented:

    Wow! What would you rate the festival out of 5?

  • Leigh Hayler

    On 13 February 2018, 12:29 Leigh Hayler commented:

    Hi Mya,
    Thanks very much for your brilliant review of the Arts by the Sea Festival. We're really glad you enjoyed the festival and hope you'll come along this year - which will be from 29th September to 6th October.

  • Theresa Phillips

    On 6 August 2018, 10:24 Theresa Phillips commented:

    Looks like a great festival! Hope you were inspired.

  • Mya Bellenie

    On 6 August 2018, 10:36 Mya Bellenie commented:

    Luke Taylor I would rate the festival 5/5 it was fun and informative

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