A BEACH clean-up sparked creativity in Nairn last weekend with a group of people out to prove that art really can be rubbish.
A mix of people of all ages and from across the community gathered on Nairn Beach to clean up the area with people on the hunt to find art materials to win a competition.
More than 50 people turned out for the clean up with everyone getting involved.
After a buffet lunch at Nairn Sailing Club some of the group attended a workshop to learn how to create pieces of art from the scraps that they collected.
In the end there were 21 pieces of art submitted for the competition held at Wasps Links Studio with about half of the entrants from children under the age of 16.
Coincidentally the under-16 prize was claimed by last year’s winner George Hibbard with Gina Holmes claiming the adult award. Both won prizes of a taster session on a Nairn Sailing Club boat.
Simon Noble of environmental project Green Hive, which helped stage the project, was pleased with how well it went.
“There was a workshop at the sailing club and in the end quite a few people joined,” he said. “They brought some bits they had found on the beach and got a few tips on how to use them.
“We had 21 pieces of art submitted for the competition and something approaching half was from children under the age of 16 so there was quite a good representation of adults as well.”
During the clean up of the beach Mr Noble was pleased to note that there appeared to be a decline in the amount of general litter that had been dumped in the area.
However the group were disappointed to see an increase in the amount of plastic bags discarded.