Published Monday 3rd October 2016

Hundreds of postcards created by artists across Herefordshire and beyond have gone up for auction.

Around 400 pieces of work have been devised for free by a talented range of exhibitors as part of St Michael’s Hospice’s Postcards from Life event.

The artwork is currently available to view online ahead of a three-day exhibition of the work at the Bishop’s Palace in Hereford from November 11 – 13.

Entries depict country houses, animals and idyllic rural sketches, among other subjects.

‘I’m delighted that such a wonderful array of artwork will be showcased at the Bishop’s Palace,’ said the Bishop of Hereford, the Right Reverend Richard Frith.

‘It will be a wonderful sight to see around 400 pieces of art on display in such a historic setting.

‘It is also pleasing that money raised from Postcards from Life will go to St Michael’s Hospice.

‘The Hospice has touched many people over the years and holds a special place in the hearts of Herefordshire residents and many others further afield.’

This year’s event has changed slightly from last year, with bidders now knowing the identity of the artist they are bidding on.

One of the artists taking part is Kerry Berkeley.

‘Postcards from Life is such a clever way to raise money for the Hospice, and is something I wanted to do as a way of giving something back for the care the nursing staff there have given to my friends and family,’ she said.

‘It’s also a privilege to be exhibiting with so many of Herefordshire’s most talented artists, and I am excited about seeing all the miniature masterpieces on display.’

The event is a valuable fundraiser for St Michael’s, which is based in Bartestree.

Paddy Nugent, the Hospice’s Community Fundraising Manager, said, ‘Postcards from Life is a wonderful showcase of the artistic talent we have here in Herefordshire and its borders.

‘It is also a great way for people to buy a piece of artwork while helping their Hospice.

‘With around 400 postcards submitted this year, bidders will be spoilt for choice.’

To view the exhibits online, visit st-michaels-hospice.org.uk