Secret Postcard Show 2018 - Opening night

Secret Postcard Show 2018 - Opening night


Secret Postcard Show 2019

Since the opening of the gallery in 2017 The Old Lock Up Gallery has hosted it’s highly successful Secret Postcard Show. The exhibition is now in it’s 3rd year and it’s now approaching the time to launch our Artists Call Out for the show!

The exhibition works on so many levels and provides an opportunity for all involved.

  • Artists to show their work in a contemporary art gallery, and to know that they are supporting the future of the gallery. It also enables the artist to make a connection with the gallery. Several artists who have previously participated in the postcard show have gone on to exhibit at the gallery.

  • Art collectors - a show where all of the work is affordable and accessible to all - regardless of who the piece of work was created by, Last year a young boy had saved his pocket money to purchase a piece of work - much to the bemusement of his parents. A future art collector? Who knows?

  • Arts Emergency - a percentage of the profit made from the show is donated to this charity - which supports talented, and disadvantaged, creatives and artists via mentoring to access education and employment within the arts sector.

  • The Old Lock Up Gallery - the support that we receive from the artists and postcard collectors, during the show, enables us to continue to develop the gallery and remain open during the Winter months. We are small independent contemporary art gallery in a rural setting, developing a successful art gallery, single handedly takes time.

We aim, as time goes by, to increase the amount donated to ‘Arts Emergency’ as the gallery becomes increasingly successful and financially viable. All proceeds from the sale of the postcards go directly towards the gallery and Arts Emergency. Postcards are sold at £15 each.


How do you as an artist contribute to this forthcoming show?

Send your postcard sized work in a stamp addressed envelope/packet etc to:

The Old Lock Up Gallery, 19 The Hill, Swifts Hollow, Cromford Derbyshire, DE4 3RF.

Entry Requirements:

  • Size: 12cm x 17.5cm - on strong paper, mounted paper, card etc that can be stood on it’s side/edge without bending whilst in the exhibition: please see images of the gallery installation above.

  • Any medium is accepted: print, collage, photography, paint, ceramics etc.

  • Do not sign the front of the postcard.

  • On the reverse of the postcard: write: your name, signature, title of work (if applicable), medium, website and email address.

  • Open for entries on 25th July 2019.

  • Closed for entries on 11th August 2019.

Further information:

  • During the show we post as many images as we can of the show, postcards and sold pieces of work - via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Search for ‘The Old Lock Up Gallery’. Unsold work cannot be returned and will remain the property of the gallery: we continue to sell postcards throughout the year and keep unsold work with the upmost care that they deserve.

  • Any work that arrives damaged etc will not be entered into the show.

  • Maximum number of entries per Artist - 10

  • We aren’t able to let you know when your postcard has arrived - due to numbers expected - however if you follow the gallery via Facebook or instagram you may see your parcel/envelope arriving - we post images daily - this may be restricted due to numbers received.

  • Please ensure that you have paid the correct amount of postage on your envelope, package, parcel - it saves us so much time. Thank you.