Secret Postcard Auction

by Royal West of England Academy | Bristol
Date of event: 15/06/20 - 25/06/20

Take Part Online:

As an independent charity, we need your support now more than ever, so we are encouraging people to take part in the Secret Postcard Auction online from 15 – 25 June 2020. Please subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates on how to get involved from home.

The ever-popular Secret Postcard Auction is back for another year. This hotly anticipated event offers the chance to purchase unique works of art by leading figures from the art and cultural world from just £40.

Last year we received contributions from many internationally acclaimed artists including Basil Beattie, Dame Joan Collins, Eileen Cooper, Susan Derges, Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George, Antony Gormley, Bill Jacklin, Allen Jones, Anish Kapoor, Christopher LeBrun, David Nash, Ana Maria Pacheco and Nick Park, among many others

All artworks measure c.7″ x 5″ (19 x 14 cm) and are signed on the back, so buyers either have to guess who the big name artists are or just buy what they like. Bidding on each work starts at just £40, which is a very reasonable price for a unique piece of art, and if it turns out to be by a Turner Prize winner or other leading artist, it might just be the bargain of the century!

This year the event will be held on an online auction platform – details to be announced nearer the time. Please subscribe to the RWA newsletter for the latest details.

Your support is vital

By taking part in the Secret Postcard Auction you are supporting the RWA (Registered Charity 1070163), which receives less than 2% of its operating costs from the public purse. Income from last year’s Auction enabled us to offer family and adult learning activities for people from all backgrounds, and to carry out essential maintenance on our beautiful, listed building.

If you would like to make a larger donation to the RWA, please click here or contact our Head of Development, Kate Foster [email protected]

Online bidding

This year the event will be held on an online auction platform – details to be announced nearer the time.

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