Deadline: 21/08/2020  |  Published: 20/04/2020  |  Venue: Cupola Contemporary Art  |  City: Sheffield  |  Region: South Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Karen Sherwood

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SECRET POSTCARD SHOW Exhibition Dates: 29 August – 3 October 2020. SHOW OPENS Friday 28 August 2020, 7:30pm With Grateful thanks to Rachael Pinks from the Old Lock Up Gallery, Cromford whose excellent template we have used for all the information you need. - Below - Secret Postcard Show 2020 As part of a fundraising campaign to secure the future of Cupola Gallery, we are launching our first ever secret postcard show.

How it works:

We invite all who wish to contribute, to make and donate a postcard sized artwork for exhibition. Each postcard is then put on sale for a fixed price, with all proceeds going to support a charitable cause, in this case urgent repairs to secure the future of Cupola Gallery. It is 'secret' because only once the postcard is sold does the purchaser get to find out who has made and donated the artwork.


Cupola, a private, non funded, contemporary gallery, was established in 1991 to provide exhibition and sales opportunities for contemporary artists and fine craft makers in the northern industrial city of Sheffield. Established unusually between a betting shop and a laundrette in an 'unfashionable' part of town, Hillsborough, many said it would never last. Despite many trials, not least the installation of Sheffield's light rail network, Supertram, which saw the area devastated by road closures and disruption resulting in the loss of 1 in 4 businesses in the area, a total loss of 94 businesses within 4 years. Cupola has endured floods, recessions and the financial crash, but now faces another unexpected trial and needs your help to secure its future towards its 30th anniversary!

Each postcard donated and then sold will help secure the future of the gallery. Substantial and rather urgent repairs are needed to the premises and we simply need help to raise funds to cover these costs.

The exhibition works on so many levels and provides an opportunity for all involved.

  • Contributors get to exhibit in a contemporary art gallery, and to know that they are supporting the future of the gallery. It also enables artists to make a connection with the gallery.

  • Art lovers - a show where all of the work is affordable and accessible to all. Regardless of who created the postcard every piece sells at a very reasonable fixed price of £15 per postcard.

  • Cupola Contemporary Art - the support that we receive from contributors and postcard collectors, during this show, will help secure the future of Cupola Contemporary Art and to provide a professional environment for the exhibition and sale of art and fine craft for the future. We are an established friendly, accessible quality independent contemporary art gallery based in a local community with a national reputation and reach. We have no desire to move. We want to continue to take risks, put on temporary exhibitions and make connections locally, nationally and internationally from our venue situated at the heart of a community.

  • All proceeds from the sale of the postcards go directly towards the gallery.

  • Postcards are sold at £15 each.


Exhibition Dates:

29 August – 3 October 2020.

SHOW OPENS Friday 28 August 2020, 7:30pm


How do you as an artist contribute and donate your work to this forthcoming show?

Complete the application form to let us know what you're sending.

Send your postcard sized artwork – only original works please – no reproductions - in a stamp addressed envelope/packet etc to: Cupola Gallery, 178a Middlewood Road, Sheffield S6 1TD

Entry Requirements:

  • Size: standard postcard size A6

  • Maximum number of entries per Artist - 10

  • Any medium is accepted: original printmaking, collage, photography, paint, wood, metal, ceramics, drawing, textiles, mixed media etc.

  • Do not sign the front of the postcard.

  • On the reverse of the postcard: write: your name, signature, title of work (if applicable), medium, website and email address.

  • Open for entries from now.

  • Closed for entries on 21 August 2020.

Further information:

  • During the show we post as many images as we can of the show, postcards and sold pieces of work - via Twitter @cupolagallery, Facebook @cupolagallerysheffield and Instagram @cupolacontemporaryart

  • Unsold work cannot be returned and will remain the property of the gallery: We will continue to sell postcards throughout the year and keep unsold work stored appropriately and carefully.

  • We aren’t able to let you know when your postcard has arrived - due to numbers expected - however if you follow the gallery via Facebook or instagram you may see your parcel/envelope arriving - we post images daily - this may be restricted due to numbers received.

  • Please ensure that you have paid the correct amount of postage on your envelope, package, parcel - it saves us so much time. Thank you.

  • Any work that arrives damaged etc will not be entered into the show.

Cupola thanks you in advance for your kindness and generosity for considering taking part in this show. Without support from artists and customers alike the gallery would not be able still be here. We want to continue to offer exhibition and sale exhibition opportunities for artists and remain part of the artistic and broader community of Hillsborough and Sheffield.


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