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The Postcard is a Public Work of Art
Exhibition of artists' postcards
23 January to 1 March 2014
Preview Thursday 23 January 2014, 6.30 - 8.30pm

Postcards by sixty artists based in Britain, the majority newly made for this exhibition. Curated and catalogued by Jeremy Cooper.

Åbäke, David Bellingham, John Bevis, George Blair, David Blamey, James Brooks, Lewis Chaplin, Ruth Claxton, Julie Cockburn, Patrick Coyle, Simon Cutts, Leo Davey, Tim Davies, Arnaud Desjardin, Karen Di Franco, Daniel Eatock, Ruth Ewan and Dan Griffiths, Jacky Fleming, Ryan Gander, Cristina Garrido, Paul Greenleaf, Mark Harfield, Gabriel Hartley, Juliet Haysom, Tony Hayward, Tim Head, Susan Hiller, Georgie Hopton, Dean Hughes, Juneau Projects, Peter Kennard and Cat Phillips, Alan Kitching, Sharon Kivland, Helen Knight, Michael Leigh, Rebecca Loweth, Sara MacKillop, Elizabeth Magill, Imi Maufe, Hansjörg Mayer, Elizabeth McAlpine, Ingrid Berthon-Moine, Jonathan Monk, Paul Morton, Andy Parker, Mark Pawson, Georgina Potier, Ruth Proctor, Frances Richardson, Robert Richardson, Molly Rooke, Colin Sackett, Sarah Staton, Holly Stevenson, Peter Sylveire, Erica Van Horn, Nick Wadley, Stuart Whipps, Anwyl Cooper-Willis, Duncan Wooldridge

The purpose of an artist's postcard is to express an idea, aesthetic and intellectual, specifically and exclusively in the form of a postcard, that could be actually postable, even when made of wood, or bone, or steel. The exhibits are not merely postcard-sized paintings, but instead they engage individually with the form and purpose of the postcard.  The exhibition's title ‘The Postcard is a Public Work of Art’ is taken, with the approval of both artists, from a postcard of 1996 designed by Simon Cutts and printed by David Bellingham at his Glasgow imprint WAX366.

Exhibition open Thursday - Saturday, 11 - 6pm

Artists Postcard Workshop
Saturday 8 Februay 2014, 3 - 5pm

Make your own artist’s postcard. Looking at the techniques of the postcards on display in the exhibition; collaging, cutting, sewing, painting, printing, folding, subverting, come and spend the afternoon making your own artists’ postcard to take home or post to someone you know. Postcards and materials are provided but you can also bring along a postcard you would like to work on.  All welcome, drop in anytime.



The Postcard is a Public Work of Art Catalogue
60 Artists' Postcards
Published by X Marks the Bökship, 2014
Price £10


To accompany the exhibition we have produced a publication of a postcard catalogue, drawn from Hans Ulrich Obrist's breakaway catalogues Hotel Carlton Palace Chambre 763 in Paris in 1993 and Take Me (I'm Yours) at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 1995. This form was itself inspired by the work of Lucy Lippard in the 1970s. Our postcards-of-the-postcards are an extension of this idea.


WIN The Postcard is a Public Work of Art postcard catalogue

Between 1969 and 1974 Lucy Lippard made a series of catalogues as loose notecards for her Number shows. A facsimile of these cards was reprinted in 2013 by which Canadian Independent Publisher?

Answers on the back of a postcard to:

X Marks the Bökship
Unit 3, 210 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9NQ


Jonathan Monk
Cooling Towers [2013]
Hole punched found card of the Palace of Westminster, signed and dated


Molly Rooke
Realistic Expectation (1), (2) & (3) [2013]
Set of three collaged postcards, signed and dated


Peter Kennard and Cat Phillips
Study of a Head XI [2013]
Unique postcard in ink on newspaper and photograph, wrapped around card, adapted from newspaper-page-size collage of 2012, signed and dated on reverse


Ruth Claxton
Postcard (St Cecilia) [2013]
Cut postcard, signed and dated


Simon Cutts
A Postcard Performance [2013]
Letterpress postcard published in edition of 300 by Coracle


Daniel Eatock
Affix Stamp Here [2013]
Self-published postcard printed on front ‘Where can I get an Affix Stamp?’ referring to the reverse printed with ‘Affix Stamp’ on the stamp box, otherwise with standard divide, edition of 5


Hansjörg Mayer
X For Dieter [2013]
Cut and rejoined old postcard, signed and dated




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