23 January 2013

A Postcard to the World Exhibition at the Cuming Museum

Private View: Thursday 14th February, 6-8pm - open to the public
Place: The Cuming Museum, Old Walworth Town Hall, 151 Walworth Road, London, SE17 1RY
Exhibition dates: 7th - 28th February 2013, 10am-5pm, Mon-Sat
Accessibility: The Cuming Museum is fully accessible to wheelchair users

Buses: 12, 35, 40, 45, 68, 148, 171, 176, P5, 343, 468

A Postcard to the World Logo
Come and join us at a Private View of this Mail Art project documenting Londoners’ feelings about the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012!
This exhibition of A Postcard to the World will give visitors the chance to see postcards designed and made by artists across London depicting their memories and views of the Olympics and Paralympics and celebrating the spirit of London 2012. Art works have been created in visual, textile and sound art with CoolTan Arts participants and facilitating artists Lu Firth, Angelica Fernando, Isa Suarez and Michelle Baharier.

Inspired by the International Mail Art movement, where artworks are mailed, project participants use the iconic ‘postcard’ as a blank canvas to create individual artworks. Each postcard aims to tell you something about its sender and their place in time. Visitors will have a chance to contribute to the project by making their very own postcard artwork.

Since summer 2012, CoolTan have run a series of free art workshops in Southwark and Hackney, supported by funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The artwork created aims to map participants personal psychogeography, give marginalised people a voice, and celebrate the contribution all Londoners can make to this historic Olympic event.

Artwork created has been shared publicly in partner locations around London and internationally - through the postal network, online exchange, social media, and use of the Mail Art Network. A touring exhibition including pop–up shows and live public interventions has toured to several London venues, including Hackney Museum, The Cuming Museum, South London Gallery, South London and Maudsley Hospital, and Tate Modern.

Workshop participants said, “The project is good, we learn a lot and have fun. We do a lot of good work, it is quite useful, good therapy. I really do, and have, enjoyed the time spent on the project. It is quite important and positive, a good thing.”


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