Secret Postcard Auction

30 Apr 20

Bristol Art Gallery Events

Price: Regular price £10.00 Sale

Thursday 30 April 2020, 6pm - 9.30pm

Ticket price includes a welcome drink and nibbles.

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 from just £40.

Last year we received contributions from many internationally acclaimed artists including Basil Beattie, Dame Joan Collins, Eileen Cooper, Susan Derges, Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George, Antony Gormley, Bill Jacklin, Allen Jones, Anish Kapoor, Christopher LeBrun, David Nash, Ana Maria Pacheco and Nick Park, among many others

All artworks measure 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! 

Your support is vital

By taking part in the Secret Postcard Auction you are supporting the RWA (Registered Charity 1070163), which receives less than 2% of its operating costs from the public purse. Income from last year's Auction enabled us to offer family and adult learning activities for people from all backgrounds, and to carry out essential maintenance on our beautiful, listed building.

If you would like to make a larger donation to the RWA, please click here or contact our Head of Development, Kate Foster

How does the Secret Postcard Auction work?

Before attending the Secret Postcard Auction, bidders may like to take a look at our blog post explaining how the Secret Postcard Auction works.

You might also like to visit our Secret Postcard Exhibition prior to the Secret Postcard Auction. This exhibition offers the chance to see all of the postcards up close and to shortlist your favourites before the live event. 

Online Bidding

Bidding on the postcards will commence two weeks before the Secret Postcard Auction via our online auction website. The online auction will close at around 2pm on the day of the Secret Postcard Auction and final bids will be taken at the event. To improve your chances of securing your favourite artwork, we recommend purchasing tickets to the live auction.


Please note that the galleries will close slightly earlier than normal on Thursday 30 April 2019 and open late on Friday 31 April 2019. More details will be available nearer the time.