The Remarkable Recycling Gala is an annual one day festival which aims to highlight waste and recycling issues through art form such as crafts, workshops, music, and poetry. The gala has been running every year since 2014, and was the idea of Sherwood resident, Greg Hewitt. The 2019 Gala is organised by a team of artist volunteers with the support of Middle Street Resource Centre in Beeston.
The idea for the Recycling Gala came about through Greg's passion for environmental activism and his hatred of waste and consumerism. After seeing many films and facts about the world's waste problem, Greg decided to act and found out about Sherwood Art Week, which was a great platform to combine art and Greg's passion for taking environmental action.
Since the first gala in 2014, numerous artists across Nottinghamshire have been part of it, and the Gala is a platform for showcasing the fantastic recycled art created throughout the area. Each year, more and more artists have found out about the Gala and each year, more people/artists are inspired to create recycled art. Evaluations from each event show that people who attend leave feeling inspired to take action on recycling.
After four years as part of Sherwood Art Week, 2018's event was held in Beeston after a decision to move into an area of emerging art and creativity. Middle Street Resource Centre was the perfect place for the event and we'll be back there for 2019's festival on July 6th.