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I’m bringing two exhibitions to The Winns Gallery in Lloyds Park, Walthamstow, running back-to-back in the first two weeks of July 2013. First up is Once Upon Again, an exhibition brought to you by the Pack of Wolves collective (I’m a wolf!), curated by Layla Holzer and Spike Dennis. The show debuted at Milkwood Gallery in Cardiff at the end of February this year. The exhibition takes inspiration from folk and fairy tales, retelling them in their original style, dark, sexy and cautionary, as they were originally intended, before being sanitised for mass-production.

Outside
Busy times at Milkwood Gallery for Once Upon Again private view

The second exhibition is one you’ll be familiar with – my travelling Mail Art collection! Yep, it’s back, having travelled around the country, picking up tons more art on its way. This will be the last time you can see the collection in the UK as I will be sending it far, far away to another land in the not-too-distant future. I’m super excited to have the mail art collection back with all the new additions. I intend to catalogue it all online before I send it away.

Check back here soon for more news of the upcoming exhibitions.

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Mail Art: Lincoln

 

Hello folks!

Mail Art news: the touring exhibition which kicked off in Walthamstow earlier in the year has now left Bedford and is currently residing in Lincoln.

Helen Dearnley is curating this leg of the magical, travelling Mail Art tour. As ever, we are encouraging anyone and everyone to take part; get stuck into creating some art! The only stipulation is that the art is directly linked to postal items, be it drawn, painted, printed or scribbled on envelopes, brown paper packaging, missed mail cards, stamps, jiffy bags or postable boxes. This is mail art – it should be mailable, accessible for all (to make and enjoy) and, most importantly, relate to post and mail.

If you would like more info about what we’d like to see submitted, and what this touring exhibition is, please check out this post here. Starting off with Mail Art: Walthamstow in January this year, the tour has since stopped off at Cardiff, Bedford and now Lincoln, growing in size as it travels.

Mail Art: Lincoln opens this Friday with a Private View at 12.00p.m. and will run until October 26th 2012. The exhibition venue is an empty shop (much like the Bedford leg of the tour, curated by Anne-Marie Stijeljasee slideshow here!), which is 100% in keeping with the mail art ethos (accessible, non-juried space, open to all).

If you would like to contribute your artwork, please send all submissions to: Helen Dearnley: Mail Art, Lincoln, 18-20 Sincil Street, Lincoln, LN5 7ET

To read more about exactly what mail art is and where it came from, check out the Mail Art wiki page.

Mail Art: Bedford

The touring mail art exhibition that I set up earlier this year, which kicked off the tour in Walthamstow, London, has now rocked up in Bedford. Anne-Marie Stijelja is curating this leg, taking over from Spike Dennis who curated the show at The PrintHaus in Cardiff.

We need your art! Please read the press release below to find out how you can be involved, and get yourselves down to the pop-up gallery space in Bedford to check out all the new work that has been added to the exhibition on its travels!

“As part of the 24 Mill St Pop Up local artist and all round wonder-woman Anne Marie Stijelja will be curating the Mail Art: Bedford exhibition which will incorporate her own work alongside other travelling Mail Art shows. Anne Marie explains more here:

“I will be curating an exhibition at the 24 Mill St Pop Up on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd September 2012 that will celebrate Mail-Art. Mail Art is a little known art form which first began in the 60’s as a way for people of any age, gender or art ability to express their creativity by painting, weaving, drawing, etc. directly onto the packages and envelopes they post out. Find out more here

Within the exhibition I will be including some of my own artwork, which uses British and foreign postage stamps as a medium as well as the elevated envelopes that I have sent and received through Tara Bliven’s ‘The Elevated Envelope’ project

There will also be an opportunity to see the 300 postcards entries from a recent stamp design competition that celebrated the Best of British in 2012 , where the best 50 designs were made into a book called The Jubilee Postcards published by Lavinia Drake.

In addition we are honoured to play host to traveling Mail Art exhibition, which is on a journey around Great Britain and will join us in Bedford after leaving its previous destination of the Printhaus in Cardiff. This travelling exhibition is the brain child of Marie-Louise Plum, who lives in Walthamstow but originates from Bedford.

SUBMIT YOUR OWN ART

I am seeking art submissions on any subject and medium with one stipulation – that it relates to mailable packaging or material i.e. art on jiffy bags, envelopes, brown paper, packages, art using stamps, printed or franked labels, mail stickers, stencils or mail delivery cards. You can draw, paint, cut, stick and glue, cut-out, construct, scribble or print the choice is yours. As your work is being sent straight to the empty shop, it would need to fit through a regular sized letterbox.

Submissions will be added to Marie-Louise Plum’s traveling Mail Art exhibition which will continue its journey around Great Britain and possibly further afield. If you would like to host it in your town then let Marie-Louise know on mail@marielouiseplum.com

All entries must reach the pop-up gallery between the dates of August 27th and September 23rd to ensure that they are exhibited in the Bedford section of the travelling exhibition. Please note that it is in the spirit of Mail Art that all entries submitted are shown and that it is open to amateurs or professionals alike. The weekend of the 22nd and 23rd Sept is the core of the exhibition, but if space allows within the Pop Up we will keep the exhibition up for longer.

Entries should be sent to:

Anne-Marie Stijelja
Mail Art: Bedford
24 Mill Street
Bedford
MK40 3HD

If you have any questions please contact me on amstijelja@btinternet.com”

Mail Art: Cardiff


Above, Mail Art by Chetan Kumar

Hello Folks!

Our magical travelling Mail Art exhibition has now moved on to The Printhaus in Cardiff. This leg of the mail art tour is being curated by the very lovely Spike Dennis of Spikeworld. Check out how to get involved below >>>

“OPEN CALL: MAIL ART CARDIFF -This is an open call for mail art from around the UK and the world.

Mail Art: E17 was the first stop of a touring exhibition of mail art from artists and illustrators across the globe. Following a lengthy and successful exhibition at Walthamstow Wine Club in east London the exhibition has now made its way to The Printhaus in Cardiff, Wales.

Submissions received during the first exhibition period in London will be displayed at The Printhaus from Tuesday 10 July until Sunday 22 July 2012. In addition to this we are now seeking new submissions to add to the exhibition which will be exhibited at the Printhaus when received and added to the collection of mail art to be exhibited at further venues later in the year.

We are seeking art on any subject and in any form with the one stipulation which is that the art relates to a mailable or mailed form. For example, that could be art on jiffy bags, envelopes, brown paper, packages, art using stamps, printed or franked labels, mail stickers, stencils or mail delivery cards. You can draw, paint, cut, stick and glue, cut-out, construct, scribble or print. Anything goes.

If you would like to take part in the exhibition please email mail[at]marielouiseplum.com or send your work directly to:

Spike Dennis
Mail Art: Cardiff
c/o Cardiff School of Art & Design
Howard Gardens
Cardiff CF24 0SP

The deadline for submissions is ongoing, however, please do not post work for this leg of the exhibition any later than the 20 July 2012.

The exhibition opens on Tuesday 10 July 2012. There will be an open evening on Friday 13 July 20102 from 6.00 – 9.00pm at The Printhaus so do please come and join us for a drink.

Read more about the world-wide cultural movement of Mail Art here.”

If you would like to download a handy PDF info sheet of, well, pretty much what I have already written here, then please click this link!

Open Call for Artists: Mail Art: E17 > Cardiff

Cut-Click Mail Art @ Milkwood Gallery
Cut-Click Mail Art exhibition at Milkwood Gallery

Easy now dudes – this is an open call for mail art from around the UK and the world!

‘Mail Art: E17’ is the first stop on a touring exhibition of mail art from artists and illustrators across the globe, housed on this leg at Walthamstow Wine Club in Walthamstow, E17, London.

I am seeking art on any subject and in any form with the one stipulation that the art relates to a mailable or mailed form. For example, that could be art on jiffy bags, envelopes, brown paper, packages, it could be art using stamps, printed or franked labels, mail stickers, stencils or mail delivery cards. You can draw, paint, cut, stick and glue, cut-out, construct, scribble or print. Anything goes.

If you would like to take part in the exhibition please email me at mail[at]marielouiseplum.com or send your work directly the Mail Art:E17, c/o Walthamstow Wine, 56-60 Grove Road, London, E17 9BN. The deadline for submissions is ongoing, however, for this leg of the exhibition artwork should be mailed through by May 25th 2012.

The exhibition will move on from Walthamstow to Cardiff in June, for that is where the second leg of the Magical Mail Art Mystery Tour will be housed, at our new home, The Printhaus. Contemporary British artist Spike Dennis is curating the exhibition in Cardiff. We are still looking for curators for future exhibitions, so if you’d like to try your hand at curating a leg of the Mail Art tour, please get in touch by emailing mail[at]marielouiseplum.com.

Mail Art: E17 will be on display at Walthamstow Wine Club until June 20th 2012. Mail Art: Cardiff will be on display at The Printhaus from 7th July 2012-21st July 2012.

Read more about the world-wide cultural movement of Mail Art here.

*The reason I am exhibiting the first leg in E17 is because it’s a vibrant, art-filled community full of lovely people who are well into lovely things! Check out Stowscene to learn more about us.

Mail Art: E17 in WF Guardian.

>> Update on the mail art exhibtion housed at Walthamstow Wine, E17: opening times, submission guidelines and press coverage.

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I am still seeking submissions for the mail art exhibition,click here for submission guidelines and deadline.

Waltham Forest Guardian have covered the exhibition with a nice write up, available to view here.

Regarding opening times, the exhibition is freely open to the public every other Wednesday from 3-9pm, the next Wednesday it is open is 15th February and then every other Wednesday after that. However, the exhibition may be viewed by appointment and that is possible Mon-Fri during working hours. The wine club venue is also an office and you can book an appointment to view the artworks by calling 0208 521 8296 or 07723 323 542.

The submission deadline for this leg of the Mail Art touring exhibition is April 2nd 2012. The exhibition will be moving on to Cardiff in April therefore the sooner you send your work in, the quick and longer it is displayed on this leg of the touring exhibtion.