Saturday, 22 October 2011

Postcards from Europe

Today I went to the Postcards from Europe exhibition at Wem Town Hall in Shropshire.
It was a really interesting collection of postcards sent by emerging artists in Europe to curators Lucy Biddle and Rosie Gainsborough. 

The project is funded by the European Commission's 'Youth in Action' programme and was supported by NOISEfestival.com and Wem Town Hall. NOISEFestival helps young creative people (aged 15-30) starting out on their career paths to develop their skills, access opportunities and enable them to gain income from their creativity. This is very cool, especially at the moment when graduates everywhere are being told what an awful world they're going to be thrown into and arts in general is being pinched, squeezed and denigrated

by Isabel Greenberg

It reminded me of the sketchbook project, it seems like there's a renewed interest in and glamour around tangible objects as opposed to the purely digital which is really nice to see. The works all had an illustration / decorative arts slant which made them look particularly graphic and beautiful when shown together on the sunny walls of the gallery. I liked the way that the envelopes they'd been sent in were also displayed - some of them were just as interesting and lovingly illustrated as the postcards themselves.

Lucy Biddle (l) and Rosie Gainsborough (r)

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