International Postcard Show 2019
12th January – 2nd February
Opening Night: Friday 11th January 6 - 9pm
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.
As Nottingham Post commented: "Surface Gallery's Postcard Show has become a fixed event in Nottingham's exhibition calendar. And if you still haven't been able to get to one, then do your best to see this year's wild and wonderful incarnation .... There is, as the phrase goes, 'something for everyone.'"
All artwork available for sale is priced at just £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.
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 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 ‘The Art of Looking Sideways’ book by Alan Fletcher for third prize. 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 art space, Le Loovre.
This year’s International Postcard Show also features a collaboration with the Nottingham Mental Health Project, a service based in Nottingham aimed at aiding those suffering with mental health issues such as depression. The goal of this collaboration is to share quotes, tips, poems and affirmations with people around the world. On the final day of the exhibition, we’ll hold a ‘Postcard Takeaway’ for local people to come and take a postcard (that was submitted as a part of this collaboration) away for free. This means that your submission will be donated to someone who’s inspired by your contribution and put to good use!
Deadline for submissions: 6pm, Friday 4th January 2019
Saturday 12th January 2-4pm
To coincide with the opening of the show, we will be offering a multi-disciplinary workshop. Inspired by the array of postcards around them, participants will experiment with creating their own postcards using a variety of art techniques such as printmaking, collage, marbling and more, in a fun and friendly environment. Techniques can be layered over one another to produce a multi-media ‘variety pack’ of postcards to take home. Entry will be donation-based as this is a drop-in session and refreshments will be provided. Children are invited to attend but must be supervised by an adult at all times.
The International Postcard Show will open in the Main Gallery in conjunction with Hit List: A Solo Exhibition by Tom Van Herrewege in the Project Space. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Pheasantry.
Free Entry: Everyone Welcome