Time to take part


Following the success of last year’s postcard art exhibition, Eugene Coyle invites you to be part of this year’s time-themed display during next month’s Art Trail Wanstead

One of the most satisfying elements of last year’s first postcard art exhibition was how many embraced the idea, interpreting the trail theme in many creative ways. It inspired me to run the exhibition again as part of Art Trail Wanstead, affording me the opportunity, once again, to communicate with many people locally and further afield.

I enjoyed the challenge of inspiring fellow artists and non-artists alike to enter an artwork on a postcard, even if they don’t consider themselves creative. We are all creative! The exhibition’s core success lies in attracting submissions from those who wouldn’t normally consider entering the trail. We received several entries from overseas last year, making the trail truly international!

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Art Trail Wanstead and the theme is ‘Time’. So, I am calling out to the local community to submit a postcard-sized artwork inspired by the theme, using any medium from painting or drawing to collage, photography, written word, textiles, printing, 3D, mixed media or any other form that inspires you.

I encourage anyone interested in entering to go for it and be bold, be creative. Or if you know someone who would be interested, please spread the word, locally, nationally or internationally.

The comments I received from last year included how those taking part enjoyed the challenge of interpreting the theme on such a small format, bringing out their inventive side. Others said it encouraged them back into art or were taking part in an exhibition for the first time. Last year’s exhibition was visited by many and I received compliments on the creativity of artwork and how interesting it was to see such a diversity of styles on show.

Another fun element of this kind of exhibition is that the work itself will be subject to the wear and tear of the post – this is part of the desired effect – and it may not even reach us (though hopefully it will). You simply create the work and then let go of it and see what condition it arrives in after its postal journey.

So, get your creative hats on, enter a postcard and be part of your local art trail. Encourage children to enter so they can have the fun of hunting for their own artwork as part of the event. We also hope to sell the cards for charity, so you will be benefiting others as well as yourself.

Send postcards to: Wanstead Post Art, c/o The Stow Brothers, 117A High Street, Wanstead, E11 2RL (include image title, medium and your name on the reverse) or deliver by hand to the postbox situated in The Stow Brother’s Wanstead branch. Postcards must be received by 31 August. For more information, email eugene@artgroupwanstead.com