SAY Award 2021

Still Life

For the 2021 edition of the Scottish Album of the Year Award (SAY) we commissioned Still Life to create recycled plastic vases made using waste bottle tops, bleach bottles and similar plastics.

2021 was our third year of partnering with SAY Award to commission an exciting design talent to create trophies for their prestigious music prize. Glasgow based design duo Still Life created 10 colourful prizes which were presented to the overall winner Mogwai for their album 'As The Love Continues' and 9 shortlisted artists. The vase's have been created from a total of 21kg of community donated waste plastic. For The Sound of Young Scotland Award, the winner LVRA was awarded £5k to record her debut album and this one-of-a-kind recycled plastic tray. The Modern Scottish Classic winners were Frightened Rabbit who took home this brightly coloured commemorative tray for the historic #10YearsOfSay.

“Making this year's Say awards has been a great privilege,  giving us a platform to experiment with new techniques and waste streams, allowing us to further our research into recycling used PPE and new methods of mould making. We wanted to create something bright and vibrant that celebrated the achievements of all the shortlisted artists while at the same time sparking conversation around sustainability and the climate crisis. Across all the awards we have used 21kg of waste plastic, all collected + recycled in the Southside of Glasgow. By using the material we hope to raise awareness around global plastic pollution and help to change people's perceptions of what we consider waste."

Our bright, joyful photos are by Clair Irwin and styled by Local Heroes curator Stacey Hunter