Secret Postcard Auction

16 May 19

Bristol Art Gallery Events

Price: Regular price £10.00 Sale

Thursday 16 May, 6pm - 9.30pm

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.

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 ·

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! Ticket price includes a welcome drink and nibbles.

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—keep an eye on our newsletter for the link. The online auction will close the morning 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.

Interested in buying art?

This exhibition of the postcards will run alongside our Open Sculpture Exhibition, offering you the chance to browse and buy art from dozens of emerging and established sculptors.

Please note that the galleries will be closed to the public on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 May 2019 for the Secret Postcard Auction.

We are grateful for the support of St Cuthberts Mill, The Print Company and Hollis Morgan Estate Agents and Auctioneers.

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