Sustainability, Stuff & Art Holidays?

How can these 3 things have anything
At all to do with each other?

For many years as a teacher I was involved in helping my school recycle our waste. It started as a small idea with newspaper collection and landed up with such mountains of paper and plastic goods coming to the school to be recycled that we had to have a parent committee to transport it to the recycling plant. We made a fair bit of money this way and were able to use it to grow our school gardens. Being a young school we had few resources for suchlike. More importantly though it gave the children a recycling ethic which has followed them into adulthood and one day those children will be business advisers and will be able to sway decisions on the type of products used in industry.

We were in on the very early, initial stages of today’s
international green movement
. The rest of the world took a while to see things the way we did as we are actually living in the “Third World”.

Anyway what has this got to do with you or art? Well today I watched a little video all done with pencil drawn animation. Simple, clear and with a powerful message in a fantastic visual form. Everyone can associate with “The Story of Stuff”. A fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. “The Story of Stuff” (, exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

The story’s success is ART. The message I got was that I can do something to help.

Not only can I be a part of the recycling chain but as artists we can all paint something that can make an impact on the lives of others and maybe change the way someone else sees and interacts with the world.
All very grand and idealistic you say, mmm maybe but already my company is saving some Stuff, every time a holidaying-artist finishes a tour with us they can choose to leave their unwanted paints and brushes for us to distribute to rural schools thus enabling some youngsters to express themselves in a way that at the moment is denied them as paint is way down on the school’s priorities list. We also support a charity The Greater Good South Africa ( charity that is empowering people to make goods from unwanted Stuff and turn it into saleable goods again.
Why not come along and join us on an

Art Holiday knowing you can make a small difference on someone’s life even while you have a great time.

Help real sustainability.
Make your mark in paint!


One response to “Sustainability, Stuff & Art Holidays?

  1. Great Blog! If any of your readers would like to see Art made from recycled trash, check out We have some pretty amazing things. Keep up the good work!

    Tina Santillo

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