In a joint effort to limit the amount of waste produced by galleries and art fairs, we decided to partner with Barder to launch a 3-month trial for a complimentary shuttle service. Barder is a peer-to-peer resource sharing tool for the arts that offers a collective material inventory for items to sell, trade, lend, or give away.
This trial will be supported by the Gallery Climate Coalition – an international charity that provides environmental guidelines for the arts sector in order to reduce its greenhouse gas emission by a minimum of 50% by 2030, in line with Paris Climate Agreement. GCC also has over 800 members in 20 countries around the world and offers free membership available to all.
To prevent climate change from escalating even further, we need to shift the way the market operates and move towards a circular economy. The initial trial will take place this October during Frieze Art Fair with a purpose of limiting the need to purchase new materials which then end up in a landfill after being used at the fair.
Barder Shuttle will provide complementary collection and delivery service around London between zones 1-3 and will allow galleries across London to either source the materials they need, or to donate used or unwanted items. Those who want to share their materials via the shuttle will have up to 3 cubic meters of space.
How to use Barder:
1. Go to www.barder.art to view or use their database of materials.
2. You will need to create an account in order to list the items you no longer need.
3. If you want to source an item, follow this link, and contact the listing party to claim it.
4. Once you’ve confirmed the details between you and the poster, use this link to request a free shuttle transfer.
5. Queen’s will then get back to you with the shuttle availability and a 2-hour slot for a delivery window, which can be rescheduled upon request.
6. After this, your item will be delivered to your chosen destination and once you’ve finished using it, you can reupload it back onto the Barder website to give it a new life once again.
The trial will continue until the end of 2022, and, if successful, it will be extended indefinitely to involve other organisations and logistics providers.
If you have any questions, or would like to learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com