Postcard Show

Postcard Show

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Postcard Show. Artist Open call #WildArtPCS

Artist Open Call from 1st June 2020

FREE Entry

Deadline: 31st July 2020

Open to artists and creatives internationally!

Here at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, we are delighted to announce our nature inspired Postcard Show, inviting artists (local, national and international) to submit an original postcard sized artwork to be shown at our prestigious Wilder Idle Valley Reserve Centre in North Nottinghamshire.

Inspired by the natural world, we are welcoming art work in a range of mediums including drawing, painting, pasting, print, illustration, graphic, textiles and mixed media, and themes could include:

  • The wonder and beauty of the natural world
  • Our relationship with nature in lockdown
  • Nature as our life support system
  • Nature needs our help
  • Views points of nature (close up, on the ground, up into the canopies and skies, from a window, urban nature)

We aim to host an eclectic and stunning exhibition once our centre is open to the public again after lockdown, and hope this event will symbolise the value and importance of our connection to nature during this pandemic and the many wonderful ways we all see and interpret nature through creativity.

Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre Notts WT cpt Tim Sexton

© Tim Sexton


During the exhibition event we will announce a number of awards:

The Wilder Award £200

An invited group of artists, curators, ecologists and representatives of staff and volunteers at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust will select a shortlist of 20 art works for consideration for the People’s Award, they will also select the overall Wilder Award winner.

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The Optima Graphic Design Consultants Award of £100

This Award will be selected by the team at Optima Graphic Design Consultants, long-term supporters and regular creative collaborators in Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s campaigns.

The People’s Award £100

Visitors and audiences to the exhibition will vote on their favourite art work from a shortlisted 20 art works (preselected by the Judging Panel) to select the People’s Award winner.

Original artworks for sale

Visitors to Idle Valley Nature Reserve will be able to purchase any of the original exhibited art works at a cost of £10.  Offering the perfect opportunity to start an original art collection at an affordable price.  All sales of postcard art work will go directly to our Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust charitable work and help local wildlife.

How to take part

To join the Postcard Show follow these steps:

Postcard template

1. Ensure your size of art work is an A6 postcard (approximately 14.8cm x 10.5cm) 

2. Create your art work inspired by the natural world

Maximum of three per artist.

Which could be for example:

  • The wonder and beauty of the natural world
  • Our relationship with nature in lockdown
  • Nature as our life support system
  • Nature needs our help
  • Views points of nature (close up, on the ground, up into the canopies and skies, from my window, urban nature

3. Remember your art work can be created using a range of different visual art techniques, materials and styles (drawing, mark making, print, illustration, graphic design, textile, paste, stencil).

4. We advise you that you place your postcard artwork in an envelope

Add the following details to the back of your postcard clearly:

  • Name of artist
  • Name of artwork (optional)

Artists must also include the following information with their submitted artwork (on a slip of paper) to be considered for an award:

  • Name of artist
  • Name of artwork (optional)
  • Email address
  • Website and/or social media handles:
  • Locality (eg Nottingham, UK)

Note that we will only be contacting you about the postcard show and will not be sharing your personal details with any other organisation.

5. Post us your art work using the following FREEPOST address so it reaches us no later than 31st July 2020

FREEPOST Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Please note that if you are posting your art work from outside of the UK usual postal charges apply. Please post to:

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
The Old Ragged School
Brook Street

6. We will be in touch with you via email to confirm we have received your art work and to inform you of our planned event opening and if your art work has been selected or shortlisted for an award.

7. And finally...

We will be promoting our postcard show regularly as part of our 30 days wild campaign throughout June and also leading up to and during the exhibition, profiling submissions and artists as much as we can. Please keep an eye on our website and also please promote our event and activity online using the hashtags #WildArtPCS #30dayswild.

Unfortunately, we are unable to return unsold art works, but if you wish for your art work to be returned (if unsold) please also provide us with a pre-paid envelope with your entry.

Thank you.

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