"Hello locked-down artists.
Hope you're enjoying the peace/bearing the isolation? I just had a message from Maija saying that the museums and galleries in Finland are about to open again! This is kind of great because it means that our exhibition will open as planned on the 26th of June. But it's kind of not great because it means that we won't be able to go and set up the work, and meet the artists etc. I'm also pretty sure we won't be able to apply for a grant to WAI because their offices are closed and they aren't taking applications at the mo.
This email is hoping for a swift response from all of you, to say whether or not you will be able to get work ready and pay for you own postage to send it to Finland. This is obviously easy if you're just planning to send a memory stick or DVD, but some work will be much bigger/more expensive to post. If everyone can get their work to Wrexham, then we should be able to send it as a package of parcels. (Maybe it's better for yours to go direct though Penny). Obviously it depends what the situation is by then, but hopefully the restrictions will ease enough for us to get the work delivered safely. I would think that we should then get the chance to travel there at the end of summer (if it's possible obvs) to be there for the closing party, and artists talks etc. But I haven't talked to Maija about that yet so not sure. Right, not much time, I'd better make some art! Take care Marja"
"I'll have to find out more about where we are posting to etc, I haven't met the Ars Hame artists yet so it's all new to me too. They have got their own gallery in Hameenlinna, but we are not exhibiting there, but in a huge abandoned shopping centre, so I'm guessing there's a fair bit of space to fill. There will be artists from Berlin and Estonia too, as well as the Finns and us, so quite a few of us."
"Hello! The work I would have been using is still locked in uni so I probably won't be able to submit anything properly sorry. I do have a couple of small figures at home I could possibly use, I will have a look around but I have a lot of stuff to do for uni at the moment as the final submission is May 26th!"