A Postcard to the World was a Mail Art project documenting Londoners’ feelings about the Olympic & Paralympic Games.
From summer 2012 through till spring 2013 CoolTan ran a series of free art workshops in Southwark and Hackney. Throughout the workshops, participants explored their relationship to the 2012 Olympics, in terms of its proximity to their daily lives and their resulting emotional and behavioural responses to the event.
The sessions, led by a diverse group of professional artists using a selection of different mediums, were open to all people with experience of mental distress and the wider London public who experienced the impact of the Olympic Games.
Inspired by the International Mail Art movement, where artworks are mailed, project participants used the iconic ‘postcard’ as a blank canvas to create individual artworks. Each postcard aims to tell you something about its sender and their place in time. Participants learnt many new techniques and artforms during the project including audio recording, printmaking and collage.
A blog was created to showcase work from the project: apostcardtotheworld.blogspot.com and a touring exhibition of the artworks toured to several London venues, including Hackney Museum, The Cuming Museum, South London Gallery, Canada Water Library, South London and Maudsley Hospital and Tate Modern. Our final exhibition ‘One Year On’ at Canada Water library was kindly opened by Paralympian Andy Barrow. You can read a great review of the event online here.
Artworks from the ‘One Year On’ exhibition were also showcased here on the Guardian website in July 2013
A film about the project, made by CoolTan’s video group can be viewed online here and the ‘A Postcard to the World’ book, showcasing postcard artwork from the project is available to purchase from CoolTan Arts shop.
The project was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council.