Published: 30/04/2024

Wild about waste!

NCL students’ art about what we waste is on display at the Mitchell Library this week.

The paintings, drawings, collages and sculptures were commissioned by the University of Glasgow’s Waste Stories project and are the product of a collaboration between the project, led by Dr Anna Wilson, and lecturer Mia McGregor at New College Lanarkshire.

The artworks showcase the imagination and creativity of the students. Each piece tells its own story, but collectively they illustrate concerns for nature and the environment resulting from waste and pollution. Together, they represent a call to action, asking us to think about the planet and, in the words of one of the artists, see the danger and wake up now!

The Visual and Creative Arts Level 3&4 Supported Learning students, as well as the Level 5 and 6 students at Coatbridge and Cumbernauld Campuses, and Art Club students all took part in the project. 

Lorna Grant, Art Club student said ‘I loved being involved in this project. It gave the opportunity to raise issues that are close to my heart: waste, the environment, consumerism animal agriculture and its impact on the planet and the treatment of animals’.

Eileen Steel Art Club student said ‘I personally was not aware that Polyester Ribbon was not biodegradable and it has changed the way that I work now. I'm very conservative with my ribbon usage when I'm making my bows and try to reuse and recycle as much as I can. I would never have known this before our project Waste Stories’

You can find out more about the Waste Stories project at