My name is Thomas Wray I am an artist based in Manchester England, Over 6 months earlier this year I lived in the city of Venice. As an artist moving from England I was struck by the amount of great art on my doorstep from Brancusi to Tiziano. The only thing the city was missing were spaces to see up and coming artists work, it felt to me like the city was pushing out emerging artists. There is no contact between the larger gallery’s and younger artists, a wall between the two-art worlds living in the same city. By living in Venice I feel it had had a great influence on my art practice, by it hasn’t come from the art culture of Venice it has come from studying the great art of Venice.