Please join us for a fun and inspiring two-hour workshop to create elephant masks made from recycled and up-cycled plastic. Led by artist and Colour of Water founder Andrew Macgregor, we’ll be building elaborately creative masks out of discarded materials without the need of glue or sellotape.
Kids and parents will enjoy decorating their masks with a mixture of repurposed plastic and sustainable materials while learning about the history of plastics in east London. Early plastics were originally invented as a replacement for ivory, so our creating the faces of elephants is pertinent to our understanding of this remarkable story.
At the end of the workshop, attendees are welcome to take masks home or leave them on public display in Bow Arts’ courtyard to reflect the power of our community’s fight against plastic waste.
This workshop is free and open to all ages.
Raw Materials explores the forgotten industrial history of plastic in east London around the River Lea. The exhibition reveals the story of east London's central role in the invention and early development of plastics, showcasing some of the very first plastic objects alongside newly commissioned artwork which tell the story of this material’s remarkable journey. Read more about the exhibition here.
Raw Materials: Plastics has been made possible through the generous support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the project’s academic partner UCL.
The workshop is supported by The Colour Of Water, a creative collective and organisation aiming to inspire change in the our relationship with plastic. Their mission is to find creative solutions to global plastic pollution as well as inspire and empower wider communities to make a difference and learn how to up-cycle creatively with unwanted household plastic items.
Bow Arts Courtyard has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet and is service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system.
Accessible parking is not available on-site but blue badge parking can be found 500m away on Fairfield Road.
If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue or event, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8980 774 (Ext. 3)
Opening hours: Tues-Sun, 10am to 5pm
Address: 181-183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ
Nearest station(s): Bow Road (District and Hammersmith and City lines) is a 6-minute walk away, and Bow Church (DLR) is a 3-minute walk away.
Bus: 205, 25, 425, A8, D8, 108, 276, 488 and 8 all service the surrounding area.
Image by Rob Harris