I am organising an exhibition called "de-Junk, re-Junk" to tie in with an environmental conference being run from Pacific Road Arts Centre for 3 days in March. I was approached last year to help with a more community based overview of what is happening with creative recycling in Wirral and add additional artists like myself who work with recycled materials. This exhibition was organised by Daniel Molyneux and Jim Smith who are seconded to Wirral Council. It was held in May 2010 in the Birkenhead Park visitors centre. This year, we have taken a different approach and I have collected my "junk", part of my old kitchen and utility room and given them to artists who attend "With These Hands", my networking event for Wirral based visual artists and craftspeople and extended it wider by posting on Facebook to other Merseyside based artists. With various collection days and delivery of work, the artists have taken from my hoard to re-create into their own creations using their skills, ideas and imagination. The work will be displayed on plinths and walls made from recycled materials.
My contribution is in the process of being made, I am reproducing the Mayor's chain of Office. The current Mayor, Alan Jennings has provided me with images of the chain and badge of office and I am recreating it using tin from cans and tubes and wire from old televisions.