2021 sees the gallery embark on the ambition to become carbon neutral. We already use recycled and recyclable packaging for all deliveries and pick our partners with care and the environment in mind. For example, we have moved to BULB for our electricity supply as they source from 100% green providers.
There will be a focus on artists who are producing the standard of work we desire whilst doing so in an environmentally responsible way. Sophie Capron is a great example of this, creating her paintings from unused paints gifted to her and often on recycled materials. She uses a mixed media approach to many of her pieces, including fabrics that have been discarded.As we all know, ceramics are key to the gallery, albeit in smaller numbers since the relocation. Ceramics come from the ground and anyone who has ever dug up their garden or allotment will know they often return to the ground at the end of their useable life. We think this is a pretty green way to use the earth's resources particularly if approached in a sensible way. Potters and ceramicists seem to be above average when it comes to sense, recycling much of their waste and being conscious of the valuable resources they use.
As an avid listener to Radio 4, I learned recently that rare when it comes to the earth resources doesn't necessarily mean there is a shortage. It is more often commercial or political that the items are hard to obtain or expensive. It really is a weird world we live in! More updates shortly via our new NEWS page that will also feature introductions to the new artists we have lined up!