Environmental Artist


Lou has been making artworks about waste plastic in the environment since 2006.

Louise McCurdy with her shopping trolley of beach plastic on Firle Beacon

Louise McCurdy with her shopping trolley of beach plastic on Firle Beacon


Louise McCurdy

I live in Brighton, England and have been making artworks about plastic pollution for 13 years.

And as one half of "Dirty Beach" with Chloe Hanks, we created immersive, fully fitted supermarket installations that mimicked the visual language of large modern retailers but stocked only plastic waste recovered from the environment. Dirty Beach built nine installations in the U.K., Netherlands and Belgium.

I have spoken about plastic pollution at a garden party hosted by Prince Charles, pushed a trolley laden with plastic around the Natural History Museum open evening, taken over a school art room for three months, exhibited at a fishing museum and collaborated with global NGOs and scientists.

BA in Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art,
MA in Sculpture at Birmingham School of Art

1984 - New Contemporaries, ICA Gallery, London
1985 - Northern Contemporaries, The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester
2007 - More Plastic Than Plankton, Brighton Fishing Museum
2008 - Power and Plastic - Your Future Ocean, Greenwich National Maritime Museum
2009 - Dirty Beach, Café Delice, Brighton
2013 - Trucost Super-M-Art, Onca Gallery, Brighton
2013 - TruCost Super-M-Art, Birling Gap National Trust's Visitors Centre, East Sussex
2013 - TruCost Super-M-Art, The Waste House, Brighton University
2014 - Trucost Super-M-Art, Plymouth University, Mt Edgcumbe Country Park, Cornwall
2014 - TruCost Super-M-Art, Marine Litter Action Network Conference, Birmingham
2014 - TruCost Super-M-Art, Brighton & Hove Food Festival
2014 - TruCost Super-M-Art, Whalefest, Brighton Hilton Metropole
2015 - TruCost Plastic Soupermarket, Plastic Soup Foundation, Amsterdam
2015 - TruCost Plastic Soupermarket, Maastricht, Holland
2016 - TruCost Con-Venience store, Forest of Dean
2017 - TruCost Plastic Soupermarket, Antwerp, Belgium
2018 - Dirty Vendor - Snoepautomaat - Interactive Vending Machine, Amsterdam
2019 - The Now Exhibition, ReCentre, Hammersmith, London
2019 - Sustainability on Screen, Portobello Live, London
2019 - Wasteland, Bread and Butler, Deptford, London

2007 - Argus Angel, Brighton Festival Fringe
2007 - Visual Arts Award, Brighton Festival Fringe





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