Miniature art – huge appeal: Postcards from Life receives ‘lots’ of support

Miniature art masterpieces have found homes across Herefordshire and beyond following an online auction raising thousands for St Michael’s Hospice.

Postcards from Life attracted bids from as far afield as China as art lovers clamoured to get their hands on the 184 framed postcards created by some of the most talented artists in the region.

Just shy of 2,000 bids were placed during the three-week auction, with almost £6,500 raised for the Bartestree-based Hospice. A further £600 was collected from a raffle and donations following an exhibition of the work at Hereford’s Bishop’s Palace last weekend.

There was no brief for the artists, meaning they could produce whatever subject matter they wished, as long as it was postcard-sized.

Kingsland-based Charles MacCarthy submitted three pieces, selling for a total of £267.

‘It’s a challenge as postcard-sized art is not easy to paint, so you have to step outside your comfort zone,’ he said.  

‘But it’s a great project and one I love supporting.’

The most successful lot was Beryl Thompson’s ink on paper called ‘Now What’ depicting a pair of ducks wearing Wellington Boots which fetched £185.

Bids closed yesterday (Monday) following the Bishop’s Palace exhibition.

Event Director Gaynor Warren said, ‘We’re delighted the artists produced such an outstanding array of art, and so thankful to the community for bidding so generously,’ she said.

‘We are also incredibly grateful to Brightwells for putting on the online auction.

‘As well as having a miniature masterpiece or two to enjoy, successful bidders can rest assured their generosity will go towards helping families in our community who are living with a terminal illness.’

Postcards from Life 2019 – Facts and figures:

  • Registered buyers – 220
  • Bids placed – 1899
  • Average price of lots – £35.23
  • Highest price – £185 (Beryl Thompson, Now What)
  • Bids from UK and China

Caption: (from left) Becky Lowe, Kerry Preedy and Rachel Arnold from the Diocese of Hereford holding Gill Downes’ Contemplation (left) which sold for £60, and Maxine Rogers Cain’s Trees at Ticklerton which fetched £75.