The SHM Foundation supported the Waste.Agency, a three year abstract art intervention exploring our understanding of an economy built on consumption and wastefulness.

The Waste.Agency was launched on 3rd October 2014 with the opening of an experimental shop in a disused HMV record store on Whittington Avenue, in the heart of The City of London.

The shop brought together abstract artworks created from waste, including tights, airline seats, dust, tissues and scrap. There was an eclectic mixture of items made from discarded objects and a series of talks, screenings, presentations and performances delivered by leading thinkers from the fields of environment, waste, economics, law and manufacturing. The Waste.Agency became a collaborative hub, a free and safe space where people from all backgrounds came together: thinkers, artists, makers, scientists, engineers, academics and the public.

The Waste.Agency plans to continue to reach out to different audiences and gather different perspectives around London when it comes to our relationship to waste.


© Jonathan Pigram, Platform-7

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The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

The Foundation was set up in 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.

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