Treasure Trash!

What does a recycled coffee bean bag or a notice board made from an up-cycled curtain look like?

Where can you find out how to make loo roll creatures with googly eyes or touch a giant lobster made from recycled tyres?

Find out the answers to these questions and more at Treasure Trash this weekend.

Works of art will be in abundance throughout the Crescent Arts Centre on Saturday 28 March from 12noon to 5pm during this innovative Outreach & Education event.

The aim of this free event is to actively demonstrate and encourage reusing and up-cycling household waste products, transforming them into useful items, toys or pieces of art!  No need to throw your stuff away, with a little bit of imagination and learning a new skill you will be amazed at what you can make from rubbish.

One local artist will be asking for lots of audience participation.  Fionnuala Duffin will be making a collaborative piece of wall hanging art with the public, which will go on display in the Crescent Arts Centre after the event. It will be made from recycled & up-cycled materials, especially bubble wrap.  Participants will fill the bubbles with old yarn, ribbons, found objects and will have the opportunity to write messages inside the piece of art.

Find out more about Street Gems-Belfast, a new cooperative based in the Welcome Organisation, a centre for the homeless.  This organisation works with homeless people in a number of areas including furniture restoration and up-cycling, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and general crafts. Their aim is to help generate change through creativity, transform lives, build confidence and self esteem as well as teach participants creative skills.

During the day live demonstrations by artists will be interspersed with a treasure hunt, up-cycling demonstrations, puppet storytelling, drop-in creative workshops and many other activities.   Why not take this opportunity to sit with your children and learn to make loo roll creatures or gigantic pom-poms to take home.

This event runs on Saturday 28 March from 12noon – 5pm.  Entry is FREE and is funded by Belfast City Council’s Zero Waste Grant. For more information visit or call the Crescent Arts Centre on 028 9024 2338.