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International Postcard Show 2017


Surface Gallery is excited to welcome back the International Postcard Show. This vibrant, long-running exhibition is a highly popular feature of our calendar, and includes hundreds of original artworks from established and aspiring artists from all over the world. All submissions are included, from painting and print through to textiles and illustration, creating a wonderfully eclectic mix of artwork.

Last year the International Postcard Show saw record submissions. “500 funny, pretty, political, surreal and rude examples of postcard-sized artworks’’ noted the Nottingham Post of last year’s show. ‘’The 'international' tag attached to the exhibition is deserved, entries have come in from as far afield as Dubai, the USA, Canada and Hong Kong.’’ 2017 looks set to be our largest Postcard Show to date with submissions coming in from far and wide.

All artwork is priced at £15, so this is a fantastic opportunity for visitors and aspiring art collectors to snap up an original work of art at an affordable price.

All participating artists will have the opportunity to exchange their postcard with another artist selected at random at the end of the exhibition. We hope that this exchange will help foster new connections and encourage communication among artists from diverse backgrounds and from different parts of the world.

A panel of Surface Gallery judges will select three prize winners. The prizes include a £50 first prize, a piece of Keishi Jewellery as second prize, and a Creative Quarter goodie bag for Best Local Artist. The People’s Prize is chosen by our visitors who will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite artwork. The People’s Prize will be an exhibition in the Surface Gallery’s alternative artspace, Le Loovre.

Deadline for submissions: 6pm, Friday 6th January 2017

During the exhibition, Paul Henegan and Chiara Dellerba will be delivering a print-making workshop, where participants will be able to make their own postcard. The workshop will take place on Saturday 21st January, and will cost £17.50 including materials. On Saturday 28th January, Maggie Smith will be running a textiles workshop from 11am-2pm where you can learn how to use natural dyes on fabrics. The workshop will cost £30, materials are included.

The International Postcard Show 2017 opens in the Main Gallery in conjunction with Emerge: University of Lincoln Fine Art Exhibition, which will take place in the Project Space. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Springhead.