A Museum of Design in Plastics exhibition supported by TheGallery.
Northwest Gallery Entrance, North Building, AUB
As an island nation with thousands of miles of coastline ranging from rocky shores to sandy beaches, the United Kingdom has an important relationship with the seaside. For some people it is a source of employment, whilst for many it is a treasured environment that provides the opportunity for holidays, sport and leisure. It is a place that can have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing through an appreciation of the diverse nature and landscapes that can be found there.
This glimpse of the sea is an introduction to an exhibition on display in the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP), which can be found on the first floor of the library. This exhibition, Beside the sea, explores the impact of the plastics materials group, good and bad, on this aspect of British life. How their hydrophobic, buoyant, and durable characteristics enhance both enjoyment of the water and make it safer. How many designers and manufacturers are creating value from plastics discarded on beaches and at sea, and how the devastating environmental harm caused by their inappropriate disposal is being mitigated by their use, for example, in cleaning our beaches, making fishing more sustainable, and holding back coastal erosion.
Beside the sea celebrates the fun of the seaside and considers the important issues of inclusivity, material value, pollution, and the use of recycled ocean plastics.
Meet the Curator
Dr Louise Dennis, Curator of MoDiP, has a wealth of museum experience having worked curatorially with a range of interesting collections of various materials from those relating to the brewing industry, ceramics, jewellery, historical glassware, and military history. She has worked with MoDiP since 2007 and her PhD research explored the value of MoDiP and its specialist focus with a particular interest in the relationships towards materiality and museum objects.
TheGallery exhibitions, events, publications and projects; Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) exhibitions and collections contribute to Arts University Bournemouth, Bournemouth and the Southwest Cultural Community and beyond, and are accessible to everyone interested in the galleries and museums.
AUB’s two cultural assets work collaboratively to find new ways to connect with communities at and beyond the AUB. Through their own mission and purpose, TheGallery and the Museum of Design in Plastics come together to support learning, teaching, and research for all, as well as provide spaces for inspiration and contemplation.