Returning for a seventh year the exhibition features postcard size artwork courtesy of artists all over the world. More than 500 people entered their work to be featured during the month-long exhibition.

The popularity of last year’s exhibition has led to double the amount of entries this year with submissions from Australia, Canada and the United States as more are still coming in.


The cards range from watercolour paintings to bold printed graphics and are displayed around the walls of the gallery.

Many artists submitted more than one postcard  with several entries coming together as a set.

Vanessa Long, who works at the gallery, hopes this exhibition will connect artists worldwide.

“All participating artists will have the opportunity to exchange their postcard with another artists at the end of the exhibition.

We hope that this exchange will help foster new connections and encourage communication among artists from diverse backgrounds and from different parts of the world.” 

A panel of Surface Gallery judges will select 3 prize winners. The prizes include a £50 first prize, a Deborah Ballinger gift set as second prize, and a Dark Forge Design printed tote bag as third prize.

This year has also seen the introduction of the People’s Prize, where visitors are given the opportunity to vote for their favourite art.

Votes are posted into the postbox located in the middle of the room.
Surface Gallery Postbox

Image: Surface Gallery with the vote postbox in the foreground.

The People’s Prize will be an exhibition in the Surface Gallery’s alternative art space, the Loovre.

Several workshops will also be going on during the exhibition, more details can be found below.

Surface Gallery Events

  • Saturday 16th January till Saturday 13th February – International Postcard Exhibition, Free
  • Saturday 16th January till Saturday 23rd January – Under the Bed Art, Free
  • Saturday 23rd January – Print workshop, £25 full day, £15 half day
  • Saturday 6th February – Book binding and stamps workshop, £20