"For many years now we have been trying to clean up The Wandle and your project is exactly what we want, to get people out helping to improve things and getting the young people to see what on their door step. There is so much to do this is a big step in the right direction." (Local Resident)
"The Wandle Trail runs very close to our school but we considered it a dangerous place ... Now after working with the artist, we realise what a wonderful resource we have on our doorstep." (Head Teacher of All Saints School)
Everything Must Go was a community project using a sculptural approach to explore consumption, waste and it's everyday management with communities along the Wandle Trail, National Route 21. Artist Stefan Shankland wanted to draw the attention of the local community to the newly renovated walking and cycling route, the importance of the local environment, and to give them an introduction to sculptural approaches to the material world.
Together with local artist Hayley Skipper, Stefan worked with three local schools to explore consumerism, asking them to collect images and objects of what they consume, or would like to consume, from refuse along the banks of the Wandle River. These objects and images were then used as inspiration for a series of workshops where pupils generated a host of visual pieces both 2D and 3D, based on their own consumption patterns and the words 'Everything Must Go'. The results of the schools work was then made into a performance piece and exhibition developed by the pupils held at a local waste transfer station.
For the performance piece, six students from Rutlish School gathered at London Borough of Merton's re-use and recycling centre, bringing with them the products of their workshops. The artist filmed the process as they then proceeded to dismantle, destroy and get rid of their artworks.