About the Show

A Sustainability themed Art Exhibition

Curated by Melanie Warner, after whose own biodegradeable sculpture the show is named; this diverse collection of media from emerging British Artists aims to inspire and provoke debate around issues of sustainability and the environment.

A motif in her work is the documentation of the quantities of materials used to produce them eg; 34 litres of yellow paint and 40 000 dots for the ‘When Painting Goes Too Far’ (2007) caravan that was completed in just over a year. And she has invited the artists here to make similar inventory or 'ingredients' lists for their works.

'These details fascinate me' explains Melanie 'and is part of a conscious attempt from the arts community to take stock of our attitudes to materials and waste'.

The 'Sustainabilitree' itself is made from corn and starch based bioplastic. Standing just over 3 metres high it holds 10,000 handmade leaves. The ghostly objects (cassette tapes, remote controls) visible under the 'bark' hint at the pace of moving technology whilst the bio-based and degradable polymers offer an optimistic alternative to petro plastics and a landfill future for such objects.

Necessarily impermanent, the Sustainabilitree has already dropped leaves which visibly compost at it's base and indicate the work's eventual complete disintegration and reabsorbtion into the soil.

Warner's work here builds on the success of ‘The Bog Standard Gallery’(2007), a metre square gallery space which recently received it’s 48,000th visitor. Celebrated in the press for it's bouyancy and engagement with contemporary culture her experience and enthusiasm inspired the call-out to other artists sharing a sustainable interest.

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Other unlikely materials are used to create exhibits on display include recycled teabags (Tea Bag Man, 2009, Ally Rosenberg), used chewing gum (Chewing Gum Lady, 2008, Ally Rosenberg) and discarded drinks packaging (Found, 2009, Kristy Gosling.)

The Stanelco Prize for Sustainable Art

Ally Rosenberg’s stunning sculptures ‘Teabag Man’ and ‘Chewing Gum Woman’ won with 44% of the votes cast by exhibition visitors. Eighteen year old Ally was awarded his prize by Paul Mines in his hometown of Manchester and plans to use the money to continue with his art studies when he joins Central St Martin’s this September.

The Sustainabilitree Show 2010

Watch this Space! Following the huge success of the exhibition and the wealth of interest in exploring sustainable themes in their art, plans are now in the offing for another Sustainabilitree Show in 2010. Calls for submissions will be posted on this site and via the usual arts press.

Thank you to all the fantastic artists who shared their talents and made ‘The Sustainabilitree Show’ such a success! And a big thank you to all the visitors who gave such supportive feedback.

Being creative doesn’t have to cost the earth!

A word from the sponsor

‘Stanelco plc is delighted to be encouraging artists to explore the issue of sustainability in their work. Living sustainably is a significant cultural change for our society - art is an important medium to provoke discussion and debate about this change. Stanelco’s own bioplastic materials are made from biomass and make a contribution to a brighter sustainable world’.

Paul Mines, CEO Stanelco plc