Online Secret Postcard Auction by RWA

Online by the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, BS8 1PX

Tel: +44 (0)117 973 5129

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Secret Postcard Auction at RWA


Now a major event in the national art calendar, the Secret Postcard Auction offers collectors and first-time buyers the chance to purchase unique works of art by leading figures from the art and cultural world, from as little as £40. With hundreds of small artworks to choose from, dozens of lucky buyers will be in with the opportunity to snap up an original piece of art for a tiny fraction of its true value.

The event will be held online again this year as the building is temporarily closed as they work on a major £3.8m heritage capital project. Despite the success of the physical event in the past, the team were blown away when the online auction achieved an incredible £107,000, during the height of the pandemic in 2020.

The auction has always been a vital contributor to the RWA finances and features many world-renowned contemporary artists and talents better known in other fields, who are keen to support RWA - Bristol’s first art gallery, an independent charity which receives less than 1.5% of its operating costs from the public purse. 

The target for 2021 is at £40,000, which will enable the RWA to continue its acclaimed creative work across Bristol and when it reopens in early 2022, including free family activities in some of the city’s most deprived wards, and support for people with a wide range of physical and mental wellbeing challenges. 

Contributing artists for 2021 will include:
●    Turner Prize winners 
●    Royal Academicians 
●    RWA Academicians
●    Acclaimed photographers 
●    Internationally renowned painters 
●    Artist-illustrators 
●    World-famous animators 
●    And brilliant talents better known in other fields...

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