I sent two of my colour etchings to this prestigious exhibition last month and the post office informed me that the shipping would take 7-10 days, easily enough time before the deadline.
I had previously paid the entrance fee of 50 Euros via Paypal.
Once the submission deadline had passed I received a reminder to the effect that my work had still not arrived and I tracked the package through the Hong Kong post office. The package had been stuck in the customs in Portugal for a couple of weeks and was, apparently, still there. I passed this information to the curator/director Nuno Canelas and I am still waiting for his reply.
One of the prints I had made during my residency at Guanlan in China and it would be a terrible loss after having another copy of the edition badly damaged when I sent it to Guanlan in an attempt to have it included in a show there. In that case not only was the work rejected but it was returned to me badly damaged with deep creases running through the print.
Not to mention the 50 Euros and the high postage fee. Fingers crossed that this is not another story of untrustworthy organization or worse...