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Crisp packets needed for Yarmouth’s own shimmering 30m high ‘Shard’

PUBLISHED: 13:24 04 April 2014 | UPDATED: 13:24 04 April 2014

2012 Shoal of Fish sculpture

2012 Shoal of Fish sculpture


A “Shard of Great Yarmouth” will rise outside St Nicholas Minster during the summer.

The second Great Yarmouth Arts Festival will take place from June 6-15 and discarded crisp packets are needed for the 10m high (32ft) shimmering “Shard”.

Last year’s “School Of Fish” project engaged over 1,000 local people and four schools in creatively recycling crisp packets into over 2,000 herring to create a public sculpture for the inaugural arts festival.

By involving more schools and people, the festival is hoping to recycle twice as many crisp packets and create over 4,000 fish to be used in the construction of the “Shard of Great Yarmouth”.

The festival is asking local people and schools post crisp packets into a specially provided collection boxes which are placed at various points around the town including Great Yarmouth Library, Time and Tide Museum and St George’s Theatre.

Several schools are already collecting, including Edward Worlledge, The Priory, St George’s and Great Yarmouth Primary Academy. An estimated 1,000 or more crisp packets are thrown away each day in schools across Yarmouth and all are destined for landfill.

One crisp packet can usually produce two herrings and the first of a series of craft workshops is at the Time and Tide Museum on April 9 and 16, 11-4pm. They are free with normal museum admission.

People can make crisp packet foily fish, and fishfinger finger puppets at the museum while also learning about Yarmouth’s rich herring heritage.

The “School of Fish” and “Shard of Fish” concepts were conceived and developed by community artist Matthew Harrison.

The Shard of Fish project is also partnering with English Heritage and Follow the Herring, a touring theatre production travelling down the east coast from Scotland to Margate. The travelling show will arrive in Yarmouth from July 1-5, accompanied by a full-size knitted boat and wave installation.

To get involved in making art for the exhibitions go to any of the workshops or contact

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