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Postcards donated by big name artists for RWA Secret Postcard Auction

10th April 2019

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Postcards have been donated by high-profile artists including Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley and Wallace and Gromit creator, Nick Park, for an event which raises money for exhibitions and creative activities in Bristol.

RWA Postcard Auction

The Secret Postcard Auction is a fundraising event which raises approx £40,000 each year for the RWA, so that it can continue to show exhibitions of historic and contemporary art, as well as engage people from all backgrounds with creative activities.

All of the postcards in the auction – on 16 May - have been submitted anonymously by professional artists and the identities of which artist donated which postcard remains secret until the auction ends. Successful bidders have the chance to win a work of art by a big name artist for just £40 – the minimum bid.

Postcards received already include artists such as Norman Ackroyd, Basil Beattie, Eileen Cooper, Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George, Antony Gormley, Maggi Hambling, Susie Hamilton, Marcelle Hanselaar, Allen Jones, Nick Park and Ana Maria Pacheco are just some of the artists that have already sent works along, with many others. Last year, over 300 postcards were submitted for the auction.

All the works sent will be on show in the Secret Postcard Auction Exhibition ( at the RWA from 4 - 15 May, and will be also able to be seen online in the lead up to the event. The main event itself is on Thursday 16 May. Tickets for the Auction are available at

The RWA is a registered charity which receives only 1.5% of its income needed each year from the public purse. The charity has to raise money in order to continue to bring exhibitions and major artists to Bristol each year, as well as to deliver creative activities at the RWA and in the community.

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