Online Art Auction: The RWA Secret Postcard Auction

Online from 15 - 25 June 2020

Bristol Art Gallery Events

Take Part Online

This year you will be able to bid on world-class artworks online from 15 - 25 June 2020. Please subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates on how to get involved from home. As an independent charity, we need your support now more than ever.

About the Secret Postcard Auction

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. 

Each year, dozens of lucky buyers snap up an original piece of art for a tiny fraction of its true value, so make this year your chance to grab a bargain!

What can I bid on?

This year we’ve got another amazing line-up with hundreds of artworks to bid on. Artists include Royal Academy’s Norman Ackroyd, Brian Catling, Eileen Cooper, Ken Howard, Anthony Eyton, Sir Richard Long and David Nash, plus PPRA Christopher Lebrun.  

We’ve also got world-famous animator, Aardman’s Nick Park, Angelina Ballerina artist Helen Craig and the always brilliant Simon Drew. 

There’s Magnum Photographer Martin Parr, Susie Hamilton, Maggi Hambling, Will Maclean and Martyn Brewster.

And then brilliant talents better known in other fields such as Harry Hill, Dame Joan Collins, and art-trained engineer Sir James Dyson. A full list of contributors is included at the bottom of this page.

About the artworks

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! 

This year the event will be held on an online auction platform. Please subscribe to the RWA newsletter to be first to receive the link when the auction opens.

Online bidding

This year the event will be held on an online auction platform - details to be announced nearer the time.

Subscribe for updates on the 2020 Secret Postcard Auction and be the first to know when online bidding opens!

Your support is vital

"The Secret Postcard Auction is always a vital contributor to our finances. Due to the impact of Covid-19, and our consequent closure, it is doubly vital now. This is an extraordinarily worrying time for the RWA – an independent charity that is hugely reliant on visitor, event and Drawing School income – and for the staff and artists who rely on us. We are incredibly grateful to have received support from the Arts Council, and are of course drawing on as much Government support as we can, but the auction is really essential for us to maintain our outstanding building and continue to deliver life-enhancing creativity to communities across Bristol and beyond.

Please do join us online and have a browse and take part. It has always been such a fun event and there is no reason that needs to change this year. Many artists have been incredibly generous in supporting us, and as always we have a huge array of artworks to suit every taste.” - Alison Bevan, RWA Director

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

Full list of contributors

Norman Ackroyd RA · Julia Adams RWA · ashar · Lucy Austin RWA · David J Backhouse FRBS FRSA RWA · Louise Balaam RWA · Derek Balmer PPRWA · Denis Baxter RWA · Martin Bentham RWA · June Berry RWS NEAC RWA · Vera Boele-Kelmer RWA · Olwyn Bowey RA ARCA RWA (Hon) · Day Bowman · Martyn Brewster · Charles Burton . James Butler RA · Prof. David Carpanini RWA PPRE Hon. RWS NEAC · Jill Carter · Nigel G Casseldine RWA · Prof. Brian Catling RA · Rebecca Child · Caroline Chourou MRSS · Ann Christopher RA · David Cobley · Dr P. J. Crook MBE RWA . Elaine Collett · Dame Joan Collins · Dallas Collins RWA · Eileen Cooper RA · Sioban Coppinger FRSS · Glenys Cour · Richard Cox · Helen Craig · Louisa Crispin · Yvonne Crossley PhD RWA · Rosalind Cuthbert RWA · Toni Davey · Simon Drew · Deborah Duffin · Chris Dunseath RWA · Julie Dyer · Sir James Dyson · John Eaves RWA · Martin Edwards · Adrian Edwards · Paul Emsley · Anthony Eyton RA RWA · Terry Flaxton RWA FRSA · Peter Ford RE RWA · Ros Ford RWA · Humberto Gatica · Christopher Glanville RWA · Jenny Graham · Leonard Green · Frances Gynn RWA · Geraldine Haberfield · Trevor Haddrell RWA · Maggi Hambling · Susie Hamilton · Marcelle Hanselaar · Andrew Hardwick RWA · Tim Harrisson RWA · Harry Hill · Tina Hill . Charlotte Hodes · David Horton · Prof. Ken Howard OBE RA RWA RWS · Laura Howarth · Reece Ingram · David Inshaw RWA · Henry Jabbour · Kurt Jackson RWA · Stephen Jacobson VPRWA · Luke Jerram RWA (Hon) · Lesley Jones · Judith Jones · Sean Julian · Catherine Knight · Christopher Le Brun PPRA · Cynthia Lear RWA · Debbie Lee · Kim Lintern · Christopher Lloyd · Sir Richard Long CBE RA RWA (Hon) · Juliette Losq · Margaret Lovell RWA FRBS · Will Maclean RSA · Danny Markey · Annie McGrath · George Meyrick · Lucille Moore · Nick Moore . Sally Muir · Lawrence Nash RWA · David Nash RA · Maureen Nathan · Di Oliver · John Palmer RWA · Nick Park CBE · Martin Parr RWA (Hon) · Duff Pearce · Brian Pearse · Giles Penny RWA · Susan Preston · Carol Robertson RWA · Rosalind Robinson RWA · Cecilia Rouncefield · Paul Seed · Robin Sewell · Miriam Sheppard · Katie Sheppard · Christopher Shurrock RWA · Penny Simons · Jennie Slater · Timothy Spall · Paul Spooner · Mark Stopforth · Louise Thompson · Onny Thomson · Nicholas Turner RWA · Patricia Volk RWA . Ruth Wallace · Deborah Westmancoat RWA · Melanie Williams · Joy Wolfenden Brown ·


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