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18 October 2022

Postcards from Life 2022: Get ready to bid

Postcards from Life 2022: Get ready to bid

Brighten your homes and support St Michael’s Hospice this Autumn by bidding for a miniature art masterpiece.

More than 250 exquisite pieces go under the hammer from Monday 24th October during the Postcards from Life online auction.

Over the years, this annual event has helped raise tens of thousands of pounds for the Bartestree-based Hospice which provides palliative and end-of-life care throughout Herefordshire and beyond. The online auction often attracts bids from across the country, and even overseas. Organisers say this year’s entries – from artists across the region – feature the most diverse range of topics and themes in its history.

“Each year, we look forward to seeing what the artists produce, and this year was certainly worth the wait,” said event organiser, Gaynor Warren. “These miniature masterpieces will brighten any living room, or would make the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one.”

Each artist is given no specific content brief, resulting in the wide array of subject matter.

Returning Postcards artist Sian Gibbs (pictured) has submitted three pieces this year. She has a very special connection to St Michael’s after the Hospice cared for two of her friends.

“They were given the most incredible care,” she said. “Everyone connected to the Hospice was wonderful. I feel very privileged to take part in Postcards from Life. Anything that shines a light on the invaluable work carried out by Hospices can only be a good thing.”

Taking part this year for the first time is ex-serviceman Ash Winter, who hadn’t even told his family he was entering.

“Since joining Art 4 Veterans Herefordshire I have come a long way in such a short space of time,” he said. “In only a few months, I was taught the basics of drawing and painting so when I saw that St Michael’s Hospice had a fundraiser that involved art, I thought ‘why not?’. I have painted two postcards using acrylics, and as an ex-serviceman I thought it appropriate at this time of year to embrace the Poppy – something that means a lot to me for obvious reasons. I really do hope they raise much needed funds for the Hospice.”

Running alongside Postcards this year is a trail allowing the public to view a selection of the Postcards at four locations in Hereford city centre.

Event sponsors The Framing Workshop on Whitecross Road is one of the venues, along with the Green Dragon Hotel on Broad Street, and units on Maylord Street and in High Town. 

The auction runs until 6th November, supported by Brightwells. 

To view the artwork – and to bid – and to find out more about the trail locations, click here

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