As part of the ongoing fundraising for the New Courtyard, the makers and designers and artists of the Art Workers’ Guild have come up with a new twist on the secret postcard auction – three-dimensional postcards. It will be online and launched with a bang on November 5th.
Expanding the postcard sale to include 3D works of art means an opportunity to buy artworks by some of the most highly skilled craftspeople today. The Art Workers’ Guild (AWG) has an extraordinary range of membership covering over 60 crafts, including sculptors, architects, textile artists, potters, graphic designers, glass engravers, furniture makers and printers. Guild members and some of their distinguished friends are contributing to this unusual fundraising event.
Their creations will be auctioned on Friday 11th December at 7p.m.
Each ‘postcard’ (6” x 4” x 3”) will be anonymous, with the maker only being revealed after the sale: this gives each purchase an element of mystery, and allows the possibility of buying works by renowned artists from as little as £50.
The auction will begin online in November, and blind bids will be accepted until 5 p.m. the day before. On December 11th silent bids can be placed until 3 p.m. The results will be announced during the party in the evening.
As well as the online catalogue, postcards will be exhibited to view in person throughout the day on Friday 11th until the results at 7 p.m. Come in person to see the AWG’s outstanding Grade II* listed building, with a chance to explore the magnificent Hall.
This auction is part of the AWG’s ongoing fundraising for the new courtyard project, which will transform the central courtyard of the building. It is the first fundraising event for Phase II, the installation of a glass roof and creation of a new exhibition space, and follows the success of Phase I for the introduction of wheelchair access.
The Art Workers’ Guild was founded in 1884 to promote excellence in craftsmanship and foster creative connections; it now has over 360 members from more than 60 disciplines. Its work is based in a five-storey Georgian building in Bloomsbury with a splendid Arts and Crafts Hall.
See online catalogue here