This weekend marked our very first Art on a Postcard Secret Auction outside of London. We were delighted to have a stand at The Other Art Fair Bristol where we held a stunning exhibition of all 287 cards kindly donated by the generous participating artists.
In our first ever themed Secret Auction, we hit Bristol with Urban Art vs. Street Photography. This made for a vibrant collection of cards, some of which included lots of humour as so often is the case with street artists. The exhibition included Inkie, Ape Seven, David Shillinglaw, Cosmo Sarson, Dougie Wallace, Sam Ferris, My Dog Sighs, Deedee and many more. For the full list click here.
Lot 30 - Sunset (Acrylic) by Ape Seven sold for £200
Over the weekend we were overwhelmed by the great response we had from the Bristol crowd. We were pleased to hear that many people were already following the work we do, and for some it was the first they'd heard of us and were very keen to participate and get involved. The challenge for us is keeping our poker faces on when people point and guess who they think a card is by.
Lot 212 - Young Orangutan (Acrylic) by Dave White sold for £500
The auction was hosted on Sunday at 1.30 pm by our good friends at Ewbanks. At 12 pm we began the process of converting our exhibition stand into an auction house. Many people arrived with their numbers at the ready and we caught the interest of passers by who queued up to register.
As always with at auction there were some huge surprises, with some artists secretly going under the radar for some lucky bidders and some up and coming artists going for loads. It's all part of our goal to democratise our auctions by keeping the cards anonymous and it makes for a really fun (and tense) auction. Three hours of bidding later, the auction came to a close ending on the brilliant Harland Miller Triptych.
We are delighted to have raised £30,000 for the Hep C Trust! We want to say a massive THANK YOU to all of the artists who donated artwork. It wouldn't be possible without the you and your generosity. Thank you also to our supporters who continue to buy work from us and to new friends who we hope to see again. The £30,000 raised goes directly to the Hepatitis C Trust and we are able to move even closer to our goal of eliminating the Hepatitis C virus by 2025.