Art and design students from the University and Bolton College joined forces with the council to create amazing pieces of work. 

The University’s Art and Design foundation students based their work on the brief ‘Junk Sculpture’. Bolton College students mainly used materials supplied by the Waste and Recycling team to create work highlighting the importance of looking after the environment.

More than 100 students took part in the ‘Salvage’ project, which is in its third year. As part of the scheme, Bolton Council’s Recycling Officers visited the University and college campuses to deliver sessions on the importance of recycling, and how people should dispose of waste responsibly, and what happens after it is collected.

The showcase will form part of the students’ overall assessment portfolio for their diplomas in art and design. First prize winner was University student, Ayrton Mendes with a sea turtle design. Second prize went to Bolton College student Sophie Dunn for her striking recycling poster.

The artwork was unveiled this week in a showcase at the University’s Social Learning Zone. Rachel Dawson, Textiles and Surface Design Lecturer said: “I can’t believe it’s possible to make such fantastic art from stuff you throw away. There is a lot of talent on display here.”

Cllr Warren said: “We are delighted to work with the University and Bolton College on this great project, which demonstrates the importance of recycling. It was really difficult to judge. The students are incredibly talented and there is some brilliant imagination on show.”

There were two runners-up – Danna Campaverde-Nono, from the University, for a radio built of scrap materials and the whole of the art and design group from the college for their work, which was made from strips of coloured plastic bottles and fashioned to look like trees.

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