Posted on 22 June 2009
We had work in a show called "Travelling Light". The idea was to take all of the 58 artworks from Hackney to Venice following the old trading route used by merchants and libertines and young men coming of age when Venice was still the Pleasure Capital of Europe. The idea of our work traveling to Venice and back by this relatively green and well trodden route was one of the attractions that led us to submit work. More opportunities of this kind would encourage art that is full of invention, humour and historic symbolism but also happens to be inadvertently green. The International submissions for this were all sent in by post which adds another eco-friendly dimension. Many opens require artists to submit their work in person, and if it is rejected it has of course to be returned the same way. This must surely add greatly to the carbon footprints of artists who apply to shows such as the RA Summer Exhibition, unless they make very small work and live in or near London!