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 280+ 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! 

Last year we had some fantastic artists contribute to the Secret Postcard Auction, including Turner Prize winners Antony Gormley, Grayson Perry, Gilbert & George and Richard Long. Other leading artists include David Inshaw, Terry Setch, Maggi Hambling and, for the first time, legendary photographer David Bailey and The Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.

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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