Postcards from Europe is the culmination of a pan-European art project set up by a group of young artists and producers based in the UK.
In May of this year four young people from the UK, tired of frequent rejection letters and facing imminent unemployment, decided to come together to do something positive.
Interested in travel, stories, collaboration and creative practices, this group of young people set out to create conversation between emerging artists and designers from across Europe, to foster international collaboration, and to explore what it means to be a young artist in different corners of the world.
Through blogs, social networks, creative forums, and universities they invited emerging artists to create a piece of work responding to the place in which they lived and worked. The work had to express something interesting and real about their relationship to their environment. The only other limitation was the size – 120mm x 170mm – the size of the average postcard.
The result is an exhibition of original postcard sized artwork selected from over 100 emerging artists from 14 European countries including Turkey, Romania, Croatia, Portugal, Greece, Serbia, Italy and the UK. Varying widely in tone and media but united by their format and subject matter, the postcards offer glimpses into the lives and working practices of emerging European artists.
Alongside the exhibition, the design collective ‘Portmanteau’ (the group behind the exhibition) will be running workshops with local schools and colleges. These will take place at Wem Town Hall throughout October.
A publication featuring the work in the exhibition, interviews with selected participants, and conversations with established artists, including German illustrator Sophia Martinek, collage artist Mark Lazenby, and Finnish artist Riitta Ikonen, will be launched on Saturday 22nd October.
The project’s website, www.postcardsfromeurope.org, featuring the work in the exhibition, profiles of participating artists, as well as news and updates on the project.
Both the exhibition and the publication will be launched on 3rd October at Wem Town Hall.