Artists from all around the world showcased their postcards at the International Postcard Show exhibition in Nottingham.

The International Postcard Show was a three-week volunteer-led exhibition that ended on February 4, 2023.

The show was open to anyone from all abilities and ethnic groups who wanted to participate and a £6 fee would then be paid to provide funding towards the gallery. Members of the public could buy the artwork for £15.

The exhibition was hosted by Surface Gallery, a not-for-profit organisation that provides a space for volunteers and recent art graduates looking to break through into the creative industry. Through this, artists from all sorts of backgrounds can gain experience by networking or setting up exhibitions.

  • First established in 1999 on Mansfield Road, Surface Gallery is now based on Southwell Road, Nottingham.
  • Volunteers help to organise and invigilate exhibitions. Opportunities are available in all forms from roles in design, marketing, installation and other areas.
  • Surface Gallery provides an affordable space for artists to exhibit their work and studio spaces that can be rented out.
  • Training is offered to people wanting to gain experience, wishing to work in the arts sector, meeting like-minded people and learning new skills.

Submissions were received from various parts of the world such as schools in Japan to those in Canada. Exhibitions co-ordinator Charlotte Bainbridge said: “You get that range of people doing it for fun and like an activity versus some really good artists from Nottingham who always apply.”

By the end of the exhibition, artwork that had not be sold could be swapped for another piece.

Charlotte Bainbridge, volunteer and exhibition co-ordinator at Surface Gallery

 

“It’s definitely really interesting, SOME ARE MORE IN TOUCH WITH THEIR CULTURE AND YOU GET TO SEE THE VASTNESS OF STYLE”

CHARLOTTE BAINBRIDGE, EXHIBTION CO-ORDINATOR

Surface gallery also strongly promotes diversity, encouraging people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and the disabled to apply as volunteers as they are under-represented within the arts.

 

AUDIO: Charlotte Bainbridge speaks about the importance of inclusivity in arts