Brighton Science Festival

Trash or Treasure

a beach being cleaned

Monday 15 February

ONCA Gallery
14 St George’s Place
Brighton, BN1 4GB
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This is ONCA Gallery’s first citizen science project.

Head to the beach to collect marine plastic waste – and learn about the science behind plastic and its impact on the health of Brighton’s beaches and sea. We will bring what we collect back to the gallery to work with artists and scientists to turn waste into treasure – playful pieces of art.

FREE. All ages.

Family DIY sci-art sessions at ONCA: Friday 19 & Sunday 21
Beach Clean: Saturday 20 – meet at ONCA, midday

Gallery Open:
12:00pm-7:00pm Monday – Friday
11:00am-6:00pm Saturday – Sunday

MONDAY 15th – SUNDAY 21st FEBRUARY – all ages // FREE

Come and investigate polystyrene paintings by local artist Philip Cole and geometric structures made from waste by Nick Sayers.

TUESDAY 16th FEBRUARY – 2-4pm // ages 7-12 // suggested donation £3

Collective Comics Workshop: Join artist Sophie Wolfson to create your own comic.

WEDNESDAY 17th FEBRUARY – 2, 3 and 4pm // ages 6+ // suggested donation £3

Join artist Nick Sayers and make your own plastic plankton sculpture.

6-8pm // all ages // FREE

PV & talk: Artist Philip Cole discusses his peripheral paintings and the alchemy of plastic.

FRIDAY 19th FEBRUARY – 2-5pm // all ages // FREE

Drop in workshops:

Trash: Lifestyle tips to plastic free your life

Treasure: Make your own plastic free cosmetics

Microbeads under the Microscope: What’s in my toothpaste?

6pm // all ages // FREE

Talk: Microbiologist Dr Stephanie Wright talks ocean plastic pollution, the impact on human health and the seas.

7pm // all ages // FREE

Film screening: Making the Unseen Seen. eXXpedition is an all-female crew sailing the seas exploring art, science and ocean plastic pollution. Live Q&A: with the eXXpedition crew in Trinidad.


Meet at the ONCA gallery before we head to the beach for a Citizen Science beach clean.

SUNDAY 21st FEBRUARY – 12 noon  // all ages // FREE

DIY art workshop: Join Philip Cole at ONCA to turn our beach trash into treasure.

For more information please visit our website.