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Postcard Art

If you want to treat yourself to a visual feast, take a look at this virtual postcard exhibition titled Should we have stayed at home and thought of here?

The energy, imagination and variety of styles and ideas are refreshing. I loved travelling through the various interpretations of the theme and stopping for a while at the many real and fancied libraries.

library postcard from Marama

Photo: Carolyn Mott, Milton Post Office

The exhibition and postcard exchange for 2020 has been carefully planned for many months by curators Sarah Bodman and Linda Carr. It involves 98 artists who joined the project, sending in 113 postcards from Argentina, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Nepal, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, UK and USA.


Above is my contribution from the tiny old-fashioned library of Milton in New South Wales, Australia. The text (below) is a poem I dreamed up about the use and misuse of the words me and I.library text Marama

The curators of this exhibition say: We asked people to sit in libraries (real or imagined), read books and travel through their imagination. Little did we know when we set the brief how horribly relevant it would become as Covid-19 created pandemic lockdowns around the world

We originally planned to physically exhibit all the postcards together over the month of April 2020 at Bower Ashton Library here at UWE Bristol.

However, our plans adapted as public spaces closed. Instead World Book Night United Artists present to you our exhibition in a Postcard Album (below), with all the postcards gathered together, and placed within by Sarah Bodman as they arrived in the physical and virtual post.

postcard album.2

Sarah Bodman is a talented book artist and (among other things) the editor of the Book Arts Newsletter and The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books. She is also Senior Research Fellow for Artists’ Books at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) at the Bower Ashton Campus in Bristol UK, where she runs projects investigating and promoting contemporary book arts.

I highly recommend subscribing to the book Arts Newsletter. It is packed with inspiration and information and international news about book arts and Sarah is a dynamo who doesn’t miss a trick.


One comment on “Postcard Art

  1. Dinah Mitchell
    May 7, 2020

    What a wonderful postcard and poem! I love postcards!

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