3 July 2018
Robert Callender: Plastic Beach at the City Art Centre is the first large-scale exhibition following the Scottish artist’s death in 2011. Callender was one of the first artists to capture the scale of the topical environmental disaster affecting our oceans by using objects deposited from land or boats and found on the Scottish coast. In his work ‘Plastic Beach’ all 500 objects are of plastic origin, while ‘Coastal Collection’ is composed of shoes, cups, stoppers and other detritus. Callender, who taught at Edinburgh College of Art for over 30 years, established along with his wife and artist Elizabeth Ogilvie the Robert Callender International Residency for Young Artists at their shared studio in Fife. Each year it welcomes resident young artists from Scotland, Japan and the Netherlands and the exhibition will include a display of their work.