Art on a Postcard was an initiative started by The Hepatitis C Trust to help raise money and awareness for the charitable trust’s goal of eliminating hepatitis C as ‘a major public health concern’ by 2030. Over the years, many established artists, including Peter Blake, Damien Hirst, Ben Eine and Pure Evil have donated works to the annual auctions and ‘postcard lotteries’ that occur throughout the year around the UK.
Often incorrectly regarded as a ‘drug-users’ condition, hepatitis C has been stigmatised for a long time. The trust, which is run by those who either suffer with or have experience of hepatitis C, work towards raising public awareness of the virus, ending discrimination, and providing support and representation for those affected.
In 2017, Photography on a Postcard was launched to further engage a larger audience in understanding the condition, while also giving people the chance of owning an original artwork at a ridiculously affordable price.
This year, Photography on a Postcard is Photo London’s official charity partner and will be exhibiting just under 500 signed one-off photographic editions at Somerset House’s Stamp Stair. For just £55 you could be lucky enough to get a unique postcard by photographers such Bruce Gilden, Mark Power, David Hoffman, Dougie Wallace, Maggie Taylor, Karine Laval, Nick Brandt, Alison Jackson, David Titlow and Laura Pannack.
The only thing is, you won’t know who the postcard-sized work is by until after Photo London is finished, as the creator remains anonymous until the end of the exhibition. So whether you go with your instinct or have fun trying to guess the photographer, this is a great way to own an original artwork and support a good cause in the process.
For the first time, an open call for emerging photographers to exhibit alongside the invited contributors was held earlier this year. A panel of judges made up of Photo London founder Fariba Farshad and photographers Homer Sykes and Lottie Davis chose 25 young practitioners, whose work will also be on display and for sale.
Here is a taster of what you could be hanging up at home.
See all the photographs here.
We advise you to register online to get your own unique buyer’s number (priority will be given to those who have pre-registered). All the photographs are printed on Hahnemühle Pearl paper and mounted on museum board. You’ll not be able to take your photo away on the day, instead it will be sent via registered post once Photo London finishes.
Photography on a Postcard will be at Photo London at Somerset House between May 17–20, 2018.