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Scotland’s much-loved travelling contemporary art gallery in a bus, Travelling Gallery has launched a Crowdfunder appeal to purchase a new carbon-efficient generator.

The Travelling Gallery which has been brining contemporary art to communities across the length and breadth of Scotland for over 40 years saw the loss of its old generator at the start of lockdown. Seeing an opportunity to better realise commitments as set out in gallery’s Environmental Action Plan and actively reduce their carbon footprint, the team are seeking to replace the old generator with a new greener model. The new generator reduces the power output from 12kVA to 8kVA and ensures maximum efficiency by running according to the load demand, e.g. only powering what's switched on and necessary. Ultimately, a new, more efficient, generator would allow a 25% reduction in power consumption by varying its output and only powering what is necessary.

Although in many touring locations the Travelling Gallery connects to mains electricity, given its pledge to bring contemporary art to all communities across Scotland, often a generator is required to power the bus when visiting rural locations. 

Claire Craig, Curator at the Travelling Gallery said: “Post-Covid, we want to reopen Travelling Gallery as greener, more sustainable, organisation which can continue to make art accessible to all. In these unparalleled times it has never been so important and vital to ensure everyone across Scotland gets an equal opportunity to engage with and experience visual art. We cannot make it to the hardest to reach communities without your support.”

Donations can be made via Crowdfunder campaign here which remains open until 9am in the 14th September 2020. Supporters are asked to donate whatever they can afford, with special rewards offered including an artist postcard for donations of £20 or more and for donations over £100, the opportunity to have your name added to the Travelling Gallery bus with a bespoke vinyl on the generator's hatch door!