Postcard Project Connects Homes Throughout the World
Would you like to see your artwork become part of a worldwide exhibition?
Participate in the WKP Kennedy Gallery Postcard Project and your art will be on display next to art from all over the world. All ages, skill levels and styles.
The theme of the postcard should focus on metaphors of home.
Consider the themes of belonging and home, whether cultural, social or creative.
This exhibition will present diverse perspectives, including examinations of the land and the urban, industrialized environment, as well as personal reflections on one’s home environment.
This theme can be interpreted in any way you believe is appropriate.
Don’t want to draw, paint or collage? How about writing us a poem or note about your home. We will only accept original works, no copies, and no ordinary manufactured postcards unless it is more than 80 per cent modified by the artist. Send as many of your own postcards as you wish.
We have already received postcards from the UK, Europe, and across Canada, including Montreal and Vancouver. We also received 20 beautiful postcards from a talented group of Grade 3 students from Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary School in Sudbury. Thank you to Sudbury artist KPV for organizing the class’s participation.
It is very simple to participate. Create an image that represents Home for you or gives you the feelings of home and mail it to WKP Kennedy Gallery, 150 Main St E, North Bay, ON, Canada P1B 1A8 by Aug. 1.
All works received by Aug. 1 will be included in the exhibition, which will run from Sept. 12 to Nov. 23. Some will be hung from the ceiling and others will cover the walls.
Maximum dimensions for postcards are 9.6 x 6.1 inches (24.5 x 15.6 cm), envelope optional. Please clearly indicate your name, home city/town, and your country on the postcard. Please consider travel time before mailing in your submission. Also note that there will be no return of the works, no artist fees, and no jury. This call is open to anyone, regardless of age or skill level.
Check out our new Instagram page dedicated to documenting the exhibition to see examples of postcards we’ve already received (@postcardproject_exhibition). And help us share your creations on social media using our hashtag #KGPostcardProject2019.
Curious about the history of postcard art?
It began in the 1950s and 1960s when artists sent postcards with drawings, collages or poems through the mail rather than exhibiting through conventional commercial networks.
Marcel Duchamp participated in the beginnings of postcard-art/mail-art. However, in the early 1960s New York artist Ray Johnson posted small collages, prints of abstract drawings, and poems to fellow artists and members of the art community. This gave rise to what is now known as the New York Correspondence School.
Previously Published by The North Bay Nugget, June 27, 2019
Written by Alix Voz, director/curator of the WKP Kennedy Gallery