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Photography project kicks off

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MEMBERS of the public can help kick start a new photography project at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids by collecting plastic that has

Plastic Sea: Mike Perry

Plastic Sea: Mike Perry

washed up on Pembrokeshire’s beaches.

North Pembrokeshire photographic artist Mike Perry will be using pieces of collected plastic to develop his series Môr Plastig (Welsh for ‘plastic sea’) in his role as Coastal Currents Artist in Residence at Oriel y Parc.

Môr Plastig focuses on images of washed-up, decayed items of plastic beach objects, including shoes, bottles and bags.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Arts Development Officer Kate Wood, said: “During his residency, Mike will be reaching out of the confines of the studio space to engage members of the public in the creation of a new work that responds to and engages with our coastal environment. His residency will also draw connections with the current exhibition Natural Images – Historic Photography Uncovered,which is on display in the main gallery at Oriel y Parc.”

People can get involved by joining community beach cleans at four locations on Sunday February 1. Mike is looking for items of plastic that look interesting and that may have a story.

He will be picking up collected plastic at Freshwater East at 1pm, Freshwater West at 2pm, West Dale at 3pm and Newgale at 4pm. Alternatively, people can bring their plastic finds to Oriel y Parc by 4pm on Sunday February 1.

Those taking part should take care when picking up the plastic. They should wear protective gloves, ignore glass, medical objects or nasty looking chemicals and never take risks over slippery rocks. They should also watch out for fast moving tides.

The collected plastic will be taken to Oriel y Parc and selected pieces will be photographed by Mike, and displayed in an exhibition in the studio commencing March 13.

Mike added: “It’s hard to study our coastline today without being aware of plastic pollution. My art involves collecting and photographing pieces of plastic that have been shaped by the sea. They are landscapes, but micro landscapes that people might walk past without noticing nature’s sublime power inscribing itself on the man-made.”

Mike Perry’s Coastal Currents residency, which runs until March 31, is supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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