Gemma Peppé
Gemma Peppé, founder of Art on a Postcard

In October last year I spoke to Gemma Peppé about her charity auction of anonymous artworks as part of the Art on a Postcard project—I also spoke to several of the participating artists. The event was a great success, and managed to raise over £75,000 for The Hepatitis C Trust.

This year’s Art on a Postcard auction will be held by Embank’s at Unit London, 4 Mercer’s Walk, WC2H 9FA on 16 November 2017, with contributions from Jeremy Deller, Maggie Hambling, Antony Micallef, Shezad Dawood, and Ben Eine. There will be over four hundred postcard-size works on display, and members of the public are welcome to bid in person or online. All items remain anonymous until the auction is complete and, as previously, proceeds from the event go towards the Hepatitis C Trust.

The Art on a Postcard website includes a complete list of the contributing artists, along with an online gallery of the works that will be on display.


A secret charity auction with contributions from major artists and emerging talent

Art on a Postcard raises money for The Hepatitis C Trust through an annual secret postcard auction and ‘postcard lotteries’ which occur throughout the year. In recent years, work has been donated from established artists such as Peter Blake, Damien Hirst, Harland Miller, Gavin Turk, Rachel Howard, Gilbert and George, Polly Morgan, John Wragg RA, Stephen Chambers RA, Micheal Craig-Martin and Cecily Brown and emerging talent such as David Shillinglaw, Hayden Kays and Daisy Cook as well as urban artists, Ben Eine, Pure Evil and Inkie and photographers Dougie Wallace and Rankin. The project was founded by Gemma Peppé.

“I’m delighted to be part of this year’s The Hepatitis C Trust’s Art on a Postcard Secret Auction. While the secret auction democratises art, funds raised will help The Trust in its work towards ridding the county of hepatitis C, a killer disease which disproportionally affects an underprivileged community.”

— Grayson Perry

I caught up with some of this year’s artists to ask them about their involvement with the cause, and how they met the challenge set by the project. (more…)