Art on a Postcard Winter Auction 2021

  • Gemma Peppe

The Art on a Postcard (AOAP) Winter Auction is back for its seventh year celebrating a much bigger twenty years for The Hepatitis C Trust and capping a year of celebrations for this powerhouse of a charity.

The Hepatitis C Trust has punched above its weight throughout its twenty years of operating as a charity. They have navigated their way through there being no information on hepatitis C whatsoever in the public realm to being at the forefront of the drive to eliminate the disease. Art on a Postcard is an example of The Trust’s innovative take on charity work and has built up into a whole fundraising organisation attached to The Trust.

This Winter’s auction includes many of AoaP’s stalwart contributors such as Royal Academician Mick Rooney, whose work explores inner mythologies, neurosis, dreams and the secrets of modern society. Reverspective instigator Patrick Hughes and his trademark Rainbows and British painter Susie Hamilton who paints people as they go about their life shopping, in the park, on the beach and more recently in hospitals.

Joining these regulars are Hurvin Anderson whose work has been described as a perennial tug-of-war playing out between abstraction and figuration, German painter Petra Schott whose art is peppered with little secrets, riddles, and questions of the soul. American artist John Copeland who exhibited at Damien Hists rebooted Pharmacy II a few years ago and more recently in the UK with Huxley Parlour and New York painter Lisbeth Mitty whose body of work was described by New York Times critic Ken Johnson as a combination of “painterly verve and hellish beauty”.

250 artists have generated approximately 550 pieces this year. The auction is packed full of character with lots of quirky and colourful subjects and every one a mini masterpiece.

“This year’s auction is so full of exceptional little works; it feels like there is an unconventional theme which has come together on its own which is perfect for a celebration of The Hepatitis C Trusts 20 years. The Trust stands alone in its glorious, idiosyncratic unconventionality, we have never followed a formula or rules and many of us hadn’t worked in an office when we started but we’ve done so well to get where we are now”
-Gemma Peppé founder and director of Art on a Postcard.
The Hepatitis C Trust

The Hepatitis C Trust is the national charity for people with hepatitis C. It is a patient-led and patient-run organisation; most of its board, staff and volunteers have had hepatitis C themselves. It is committed to eliminating hepatitis C in the UK by 2025. Its strategy is based around pillars of better prevention, increased diagnosis and treatment for all.

It has established strong partnership models of working with substance misuse and homeless service providers across the UK. In substance misuse services, it delivers staff training, peer led education about the importance of testing and availability of new treatments, and personal one-to-one support from initial diagnosis through to treatment. It runs a range of support services, including a confidential national helpline run by staff and trained volunteers who have all had personal experience of living with hepatitis C.

Helpline staff also provide patient-centred responses via email and run a designated prison freephone helpline service for prisoners across the UK. Its policy and parliamentary team works across the UK Parliament and the devolved nations to ensure hepatitis C stays firmly on the political agenda. It also publishes a range of reports and resources on aspects of the hepatitis C care pathway.

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