In celebration of International Women’s Day, Art on a Postcard is hosting its first all-female charity auction supporting the worthwhile cause of the Hepatitis C Trust, which works to eradicate hepatitis C from the UK. 

Art on a Postcard is perhaps best known for its coveted secret postcard auctions. These eagerly anticipated events feature special-edition artworks by renowned names that are auctioned anonymously for charity each year. On this occasion, the anticipation of the event grew even more when the names of established artists participating in the auction were announced, with the bidding for their artworks starting at £50; a unique opportunity to purchase beautiful limited-edition artworks by celebrated artists at affordable prices.

Diana Copperwhite, Edna

The artworks produced by the artists were created in response to an invitation by Art on a Postcard to respond to the I AM initiative, created by the Hepatitis C Trust Prison Peer Educator Jane Shea. While working with women in prisons in the UK, Jane recognised that women were identified solely as  a “prisoner” or an “addict” rather than an individual with particular and complex needs. Together with the Trust’s women’s prison team, Jane was able to open a dialogue through which women began to recognise all their different facets. One might be an addict, but she might also be a mathematician, a mother, a lawyer, and so on.  

Dr. Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Brave Survivor Laugh Cry

The response worked as inspiration for the more than 100 miniatures purposely created for the auction. Among the artists this year are iconic British artist Dr. Chila Kumari Burman (Punjabi: ਚਿਲਾ ਕੁਮਾਰੀ ਬਰਮਨ); Christina Burch whose work has been recently on view at The Armory Show, Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Philip de Pury; Yui Kugimiya whose work is unique in its use of traditional painting techniques to create quirky stop-motion animations; and Antonia Showering who had a recent White Cube show and another with Timothy Taylor. 

Mercedes Helnwein, Pam

The auction will be open until 11 March at Art on Postcard for International Women’s Day 2021 – Art on a Postcard – The Hepatitis C Trust

Mariana Holguin

Mariana Holguín Madero is Arts editor of Culturall and an art historian specialising in the production of art exhibitions, collection management and art market analysis. She has worked for a number of global art funds as well as the National Museum of Arts in Mexico City.