Secret Postcard Auction
17 May 18
Thursday 17 May, 7pm - 9pm
The ever-popular Secret Postcard Auction is back for another year. This hotly anticipated event offers the chance to purchase unique works of art by leading figures from the art and cultural world.
Already contributions for 2018 have been received from Antony Gormley, David Bailey, Sam Toft, Norman Ackroyd RA, Grayson Perry RA, Gilbert & George, Maggi Hambling, Marcelle Hanselaar, Ken Howard RA, Sir Richard Long RA RWA, Will MacLean RSA, Axel Scheffler and Anthony Whishaw RA. See the list of contributors below.
Each artwork measures c.7" x 5" (19 x 14 cm) and are signed on the back, so buyers either have to guess who the big name artists are or just buy what they like. Bidding on each work 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!
The final, exciting auction will take place at the RWA on Thursday 17 May. Ticket price includes a welcome drink and nibbles.
So how does it work?
The Secret Postcards are displayed at the RWA. When bids are placed, they are displayed alongside the relevant card.
Ten of the postcards are selected to go into a live auction, conducted by Andrew Morgan. These are not necessarily the ten biggest names or those with the highest bids, but are those that have had the most interest in them beforehand. Anyone who has placed a bid on any of these ten cards will be contacted to let them know that they're amongst the live lots and if they are unable to attend, we can offer a telephone bidding service.
All of the remaining cards will then be sold by silent (but public) bids during the evening: each increased bid is displayed alongside its card so that everyone can see how much more they need to bid in order to win their chosen artwork - bids start at £40 and must be in minimum £5 increments. There is no limit on how many bids each postcard can receive or how many each bidder can make, so if someone outbids you, feel free to increase your bid to outbid them!
We do not publicise the winning bid amounts for each card, but the week after the auction the Flickr page will be updated to show the artists' names, so you can see if you were right in your hunch about whose was whose!
All proceeds raised by the sale of the cards will go towards supporting the RWA (Registered Charity 1070163). Last year's auction enabled us to support and encourage life-enhancing engagement with art for people of all backgrounds and ages.
We are grateful for the support of St Cuthberts Mill, The Print Company and Hollis Morgan Estate Agents and Auctioneers.
The following artists have already contributed to the 2018 Secret Postcard Auction:
Norman Ackroyd RA · Julia Adams · Peter Amos RWA · Lucy Austin RWA · David Bailey · Louise Balaam RWA · Derek Balmer PPRWA · Glen Baxter · Denis Baxter RWA · James Beale RE RWA · Nicola Bealing RWA · Martin Bentham RWA · Vera Boele-Keimer RWA · Olwyn Bowey RA RWA (Hon) · Martyn Brewster · Holly Brodie · John Byrne RSA · Susan Caines RWA · Amanda Chambers · Rebecca Child · Mary Collett · Dallas Collins RWA · Jessica Cooper RWA · Glenys Cour · Louisa Crispin · Jeremy Deller · Susan Derges RWA (Hon) · Simon Drew · Chris Dunseath RWA · John Eaves RWA · Pure Evil · Christine Flint-Sato · Christine Flint-Sato · Peter Ford RE RWA · Gilbert & George · Sarah Gillespie RWA · Christopher Glanville RWA · Antony Gormley · Paul Gough PhD MA RWA FRSA · Jenny Graham · Nina Gronw-Lewis · Maggi Hambling · Nicola Hancox · Marcelle Hanselaar · Niki Hare · Jennifer Harris RWA · Betty Harrison · Tim Harrisson RWA · Gail Harvey · Patrick Haughton · Thorie Hinds · Terri Hogan · Prof. Ken Howard RA RWS RWA PPNEAC · John Huggins RWA (Hon) · Sally Hunton · David Inshaw RWA · Robert Jennison NDD ATD RWA · Janette Kerr PPRWA · Andrew Lanyon · Marian Leven RSA RSW · Kim Lintern · Richard Long CBE RA RWA (Hon) · Will Maclean RSA · Danny Markey · Bridget McCrum RWA · Ian McKeever RA · Dione Page RWA · Giles Penny RWA · Grayson Perry CBE RA · Sandra Porter RWA · Sophie Rae · Peter Randall-Page RA RSA RBS RWA · Mike Richards RWA · Rosalind Robinson · Axel Scheffler · John Scott-Martin PPRBSA · Terry Setch RA RWA · Penny Simons · Paul Spooner · Mark Stopforth · Barrington Tabb RWA · Louise Thompson · Sam Toft · Nicholas Turner RWA · Deborah Westmancoat · Anthony Whishaw RA RWA (Hon) · Glo Williams RWA · Lucy Willis RWA · John Wood and Paul Harrison ·