RWA Secret Postcard Auction

May 2019
05:00 PM BST
May 2019
02:18 PM BST
GOAL £35,000.00
84.1% To Goal

RWA Secret Postcard Auction

Welcome to the online Secret Postcard Auction hosted by Royal West of England Academy.

Now a major event in the national art calendar, the RWA Secret Postcard Auction offers collectors and first-time buyers the chance to purchase unique works of art by leading figures from the art and cultural world from as little as £40.

All artworks measure roughly 7" x 5" (19 x 14 cm) and are signed on the back, so buyers either have to guess who the big name artists are or just buy what they like. Bidding on each work starts at just £40, which is a very reasonable price for a unique piece of art, and if it turns out to be by a Turner Prize winner or other leading artist, it might just be the bargain of the century!

Artists include Basil Beattie, Dame Joan Collins, Eileen Cooper, Susan Derges, Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George, Antony Gormley, Bill Jacklin, Allen Jones, Anish Kapoor, Christopher LeBrun, David Nash, Ana Maria Pacheco and Nick Park.

You can see all of the artists taking part at the bottom of this page.

The online part of this auction will continue until Thursday 16 May, when the auction will continue offline at our Silent Auction event in Bristol (tickets available here: If you are unable to make it to the live event, make sure you place your maximum bid before the afternoon of 16 May to avoid being outbid during the event (bidding closes at around 14:00BST). 10 selected postcards will go 'under the hammer' - if your postcard is selected we will arrange a phone line for you to continue bidding.

The Secret Postcard Auction raises much-needed funds for the RWA (Registered Charity No 1070163). If you would like to support the RWA, please consider making a donation.


A bid on this item is considered a contract, and should you win the item you are obliged to purchase it at the price you have bid.

This auction does not include proxy bidding, so your bid level will be at the exact amount you have bid, and this will be the amount you will be committed to paying unless you are outbid.

Please note that bids are in £5 minimum increments, so each bid must be in multiples of £5.

The name of the artist will only be revealed once payment for this item has been received. Please ensure that you have read pick up/shipping instructions before bidding.

About Royal West of England Academy

Widely recognised as a valued contributor to the cultural life of Bristol and the South West region, the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) is the only one of Britain’s five Royal Academies of Art housed in its original, purpose-built Gallery.

Our building is currently closed for our transformational Light and Inspiration Project which will enable this outstanding building to fulfil its potential as one of the country’s truly great galleries. Nevertheless, we are continuing to work in partnership with communities to deliver life-enhancing creativity across Bristol and beyond.

Unfortunately, due to the extraordinary situation we presently find ourselves in, we are facing escalating costs and a significant delay to our project that will result in us losing over £100,000 from next year’s income.

Combined with the impact of Covid-19 on our self-supporting charity, the income from the Secret Postcard Auction - always important - is even more crucial now.

The income from the auction will enable us to continue work such as:-
• A mentoring project and exhibition with Bristol Refugee Artists Collective.
• Regular creative activities with a Roma Youth Group
• Activities for adults with learning disabilities, mental health issues and dementia
• Artist Explorer workshops for families and school children
• New Neurodiverse Mondays sessions for autistic children and work with Venturers’ Academy, the first state funded school for autistic children
• Free family Scribble and Sketch creative sessions in five areas of high deprivation
• Engagement with targeted local schools to develop new learning activities and resources
• An art and creative writing project engaging children with English as an additional language.
• Work with Catch22, offering activities for excluded children.
• Buggy Tours for socially isolated young mothers

“We’re so grateful to all the artists who have been so generous in donating work to support the RWA as a charity. It’s great fun trying to guess whose is whose, and whatever your taste or purse, with bids starting at £40 and the chance to snap up a unique artwork that will bring joy for years (and may be worth thousands), please do join in, and dig deep to support us" - Alison Bevan, RWA Director

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Live Event Information

The online part of this auction will continue until Thursday 16 May (closing at around 14:00BST) , when the auction will continue offline at our live event in Bristol. Buy your tickets here:

Attending the event gives you the best possible chance of securing the postcard(s) you have your eye on. Winning bidders are also able to pay for, and take home, their postcards on the night itself.

If you are unable to make it to the live event, make sure you place your maximum bid online to try to avoid being outbid at the live auction.

If you are not outbid at the event, and your online bid turns out to be a winning bid, we will be in touch in the coming days to collect payment and arrange delivery/pick-up. We will not reveal which artist was responsible for your artwork until your payment has been received.

The artists taking part in this auction are as follows:

Helen Acklam · Norman Ackroyd RA · Julia Adams · Peter Amos RWA · ashar · Malcolm Ashman RWA RBA · Victoria Atkinson · Lucy Austin RWA · David J Backhouse FRBS FRSA RWA · Louise Balaam RWA · Derek Balmer PPRWA · Hannah Battershell · Glen Baxter · Denis Baxter RWA RBA · James Beale RE RWA · Nicola Bealing RWA · Basil Beattie · Martin Bentham RWA · Iain Biggs RWA · Clive Blackmore RWA · Vera Boele-Keimer RWA · Diana Bourdon Smith RWA · Olwyn Bowey RA ARCA RWA (Hon) · Martyn Brewster · Holly Brodie · John Brooks · Meg Buick · Emma Burleigh · Charles Burton · Susan Caines RWA · Rebecca Cains RWA · Neil Canning · Prof. David Carpanini PPRE Hon. RWS NEAC RCA Hon. RBSA RWA · Jill Carter · Nigel G Casseldine RWA · Marco Cazzulini · Trevor Challinor RWA · Amanda Chambers · Rebecca Child · Ann Christopher RA · Mary Collett · Dallas Collins RWA · Dame Joan Collins · Eileen Cooper RA · Glenys Cour · Helen Craig · Louisa Crispin · Dr. P. J Crook MBE, RWA · Yvonne Crossley PhD RWA · Anthony Curtis RWA (deceased) · Toni Davey RWA · Toni Davey · Patrick Daw MA (RCA) RWA · Kate Delhanty RWA · Susan Derges RWA (Hon) · Simon Drew · Sara Dudman RWA · Chris Dunseath RWA · John Eaves RWA · Jenny Éclair · Martin Edwards · Karen Edwards RWA · Wendy Elia RWA · Tracey Emin CBE RA · Susan Foord RWA · Elle Ford · Peter Ford RE RWA · Ros Ford RWA · Alice Freeman · Ant Garratt · Stewart Geddes RWA · Gilbert & George · Sarah Gillespie RWA · Anna Gillespie RWA · Christopher Glanville RWA · Christopher Glanville RWA · Leslie Glenn Damhus RWA · Anton Goldenstein · Antony Gormley · Paul Gough PhD MA RWA FRSA · Jenny Graham · Jenny Graham · Leonard Green · Adam Grose MA · Jemma Grundon · Stacey Guthrie · Frances Gynn RWA · Trevor Haddrell RWA · Maggi Hambling · Susie Hamilton · Nicola Hancox · Marcelle Hanselaar · Andrew Hardwick RWA · Niki Hare · Jennifer Harris RWA · Tim Harrisson RWA · Patrick Haughton · Anne Hicks RWA · Thorie Hinds · Fiona Hingston · Simon Hitchens RWA · Terri Hogan · Prof. Ken Howard RA RWS RWA PPNEAC · Laura Howarth · Moira Huntly PPS RI RWA RSMA · Robert Hurdle RWA (Hon) · David Inshaw RWA · Bill Jacklin RA · Stephen Jacobson VPRWA · Lesley Jones · Judith Jones · Helen Jones · Allen Jones RA · Juneau Projects · Anish Kapoor RA · Janette Kerr PhD PRWA · Catherine Knight · Nicky Knowles RWA · Abigail Lane · Andrew Lanyon · Cynthia Lear RWA · Christopher LeBrun PRA · Fan Lee · Kim Lintern · Denis Masi · Gail Mason · Kate MccGwire · Bridget McCrum RWA · Jenny McGee · Mali Morris RA · Jenny Morse · Alice Mumford RWA · Neil Murison RWA (Hon) - deceased · David Nash RA · Maureen Nathan · Nina Ogden · Chris Orr RA · Ana Maria Pacheco · John Palmer RWA · David A Parfitt RI · Nick Park CBE · Janine Partington · Giles Penny RWA · Ruth Piper · Michael Porter RWA · Sandra Porter RWA · Charlotte Price RWA · Simon Quadrat PPRWA · Sophie Rae · Nik Ramage RWA · Peter Randall-Page RA RSA RBS RWA Hon D'Art · Mike Richards RWA · Carol Robertson RWA · Fiona Robinson RWA · Rosalind Robinson · Gill Rocca · Anne Rothenstein RWA · Cecilia Rouncefield · Rebecca Salter RA · Terry Setch RA RWA · John Shakespeare RBSA · Miriam Sheppard · Christopher Shurrock RWA · Dawn Sidoli NEAC RWA · Jennie Slater · Paul Spooner · Laurie Steen RWA · Mark Stopforth · Barrington Tabb RWA · John Taulbut RWA · Dr Paul Thirkell RWA PhD · Paul Thomas · Louise Thompson · Onny Thomson · Sheila Tolley RWA · Nicholas Turner RWA · Elizabeth Turrell RWA · George Tute RWA (Hon) · Stephen Walter · Gordon Ward RWA · Arthur Watson PRSA · Janet Watson RWA · Deborah Westmancoat RWA · Sue Whale RWA · Anthony Whishaw RA RWA (Hon) · Melanie Williams · Glo Williams RWA · Lucy Willis RWA ·