Secret Postcard Exhibition

4 - 15 May 19

Secret Postcard Exhibition

Free Admission

Now a major event in the national art calendar, the RWA Secret Postcard Exhibition offers you the chance to view all 200+ exquisite miniature artworks up close and to place some early bids before the Secret Postcard Auction Event

All of the postcards in this auction have been submitted anonymously by professional artists and the identities of who did which postcard remains secret until the auction ends.

Each artwork measures c.7" x 5" (19 x 14 cm) and is signed on the back, so buyers either have to guess who the big name artists are or just buy what they like. Bidding starts at just £40, which is a very reasonable price for a unique piece of art, and if it turns out to be by a Turner Prize winner or other leading artist, it might just be the bargain of the century! 

Contributions for the 2019 Secret Postcard Auction are currently being collected and already we have received contributions from many internationally acclaimed artists including Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Allen Jones, Anish Kapoor, David Nash, Ana Maria Pacheco and Nick Park.

So far, we have received original artworks from:

Helen Acklam · Norman Ackroyd RA · Julia Adams · Peter Amos RWA · ashar · Malcolm Ashman RWA RBA · Lucy Austin RWA · Louise Balaam RWA · Glen Baxter · James Beale RE RWA · Basil Beattie · Martin Bentham RWA · Iain Biggs RWA · Vera Boele-Keimer RWA · Diana Bourdon Smith RWA · Olwyn Bowey RA ARCA RWA (Hon) · Martyn Brewster · John Brooks · Charles Burton · Prof. David Carpanini PPRE Hon. RWS NEAC RCA Hon. RBSA RWA · Jill Carter · Nigel G Casseldine RWA · Ann Christopher RA · Mary Collett · Eileen Cooper RA · Helen Craig · Louisa Crispin · Dr. P. J Crook MBE, RWA · Toni Davey RWA · Simon Drew · Chris Dunseath RWA · John Eaves RWA · Martin Edwards · Wendy Elia RWA · Tracey Emin CBE RA · Peter Ford RE RWA · Elle Ford · Gilbert & George · Sarah Gillespie RWA · Anna Gillespie RWA · Christopher Glanville RWA · Antony Gormley · Paul Gough PhD MA RWA FRSA · Jenny Graham · Leonard Green · Stacey Guthrie · Frances Gynn RWA · Trevor Haddrell RWA · Maggi Hambling · Susie Hamilton · Nicola Hancox · Marcelle Hanselaar · Jennifer Harris RWA · Tim Harrisson RWA · Fiona Hingston · Prof. Ken Howard RA RWS RWA PPNEAC · David Inshaw RWA · Bill Jacklin RA · Stephen Jacobson VPRWA · Lesley Jones · Allen Jones RA · Anish Kapoor CBE RA · Janette Kerr PhD PRWA · Abigail Lane · Cynthia Lear RWA · Fan Lee · Kim Lintern · Jenny McGee · Mali Morris RA · David Nash RA · Maureen Nathan · Maureen Nathan · Chris Orr RA · Ana Maria Pacheco · David A Parfitt RI · Nick Park CBE · Giles Penny RWA · Sandra Porter RWA · Peter Randall-Page RA RSA RBS RWA Hon D'Art · Carol Robertson RWA · Rosalind Robinson · Fiona Robinson RWA · Cecilia Rouncefield · Rebecca Salter RA · Miriam Sheppard · Jennie Slater · Paul Spooner · Mark Stopforth · Barrington Tabb RWA · Louise Thompson · Sheila Tolley RWA · Nicholas Turner RWA · George Tute RWA (Hon) · Arthur Watson PRSA · Deborah Westmancoat RWA · Anthony Whishaw RA RWA (Hon) · Melanie Williams ·

This year we will be accepting bids on Secret Postcards both at the RWA and via an online auction (keep your eye on our e-newsletter for the link). 

The final, exciting Secret Postcard Auction Event will take place at the RWA on Thursday 16 May. Click here to book your tickets to the Live Auction

Interested in buying art? 

This year the Secret Postcard Exhibition coincides with the RWA Open Sculpture Exhibition. Head upstairs to our main galleries for your chance to browse and buy art from hundreds emerging and established sculptors.


Opening times

Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5.30pm

Sunday 11am-5pm

CLOSED Mondays

Last admission 30 minutes before closing. The RWA occasionally closes early for special events. Please call ahead or check the website for details.

Please note that the galleries will be closed to the public on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 May 2019 as we will be hosting our annual Secret Postcard Auction in the evening of Thursday 16 May.

We will also be closed on the following dates: Easter Monday (22 April), May Day Bank Holiday (6 May), Whitsun Bank Holiday (27 May).

We will be OPEN Easter Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Academicans' Gallery, RWA, Queen’s Road, Clifton Bristol BS8 1PX
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