Postcard Project

Postcard by Heather Cassidy

We decided to use a postcard art project as first attempt to step out of our studio setting and find public engagement.

The idea is simple: AAEX members produce postcards using various ideas and approaches, which are pre-stamped and handed to members of the public with the request to send them back to us. People are encouraged to draw or write on the cards or otherwise alter them, if they wish to.

Once returned, the exchange is documented and the cards presented in a form to be decided on. The cards are numbered, so we know which ones didn’t come back, leaving a gap.

Cards were produced between January and April 2017.

First public hand out of cards: Drogheda Arts Festival, RollUp, Roll,up – Saturday, 29th April at Scotch Hall, Drogheda alongside the Creative Spark screen printing stall.

Second installment in the canteen of the DkIT, Dundalk, Tuesday 9th May. Other cards were handed out to acquaintances and interested.

Montage and presentation of returned cards on Saturday, 20th May at Creative Spark, 2-5pm in the context of National Drawing Day.

Stamps generously sponsored by irishstamps.ie

Photos from the installation of returned postcards at Creative Spark. All cards are numbered, gaps identifying cards that weren’t returned. Almost 200 people were involved in producing the cards on display. Overall we engaged with over 300 people.
Creating the post cards. Lino cuts by Michael Stafford, Rachel Burke, Heather Cassidy, Bernhard Gaul and Úna Curely
Getting ready for Drogheda Arts Festival
Impressions from Drogheda Arts Festival and DkIT, Dundalk. Original cards by Thomas Brezina, Rachel Burke, Heather Cassidy, Úna Curely, Bernhard Gaul, Susan Farrelly, Anna Marie Savage and Michael Stafford