Royal Cambrian Academy

All Galleries
18 Jul 20 - 8 Aug 20


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Welcome to the first Royal Cambrian Academy online Secret Postcard Auction. You can bid for unique works of art by leading figures from the Welsh art world, starting from just £40. Each artist remains a secret until after the auction, so you can either guess who the big-name artists are, or just bid for what you like.

Our 138th Annual Summer Exhibition would have taken place this summer at the gallery in Conwy. Sales from this exhibition make a significant contribution to our finances. During the pandemic, we hope this auction will be a way to raise funds in its place.

Due to the impact of Covid-19, and the gallery closure, our members are working hard to find other ways to keep our Academy alive. This is a challenging time for the RCA – an independent charity, reliant on artwork sales, workshops and donations – and for the staff, artists and community who rely on us. We hope the auction will help us continue to maintain our building and create enjoyment of visual art in Wales through a vibrant exhibition and education programme.

The Secret Postcard Auction offers you the chance to purchase unique works of art by leading figures from the Welsh art and world. Bidding on each work opens at just £40, which is a very reasonable price for an original piece of art, and if it happens to be by a leading artist, it might turn out to be the bargain of the century!

Which artists are participating?

We have a wonderful collection, with over 100 artworks to bid on. The following RCA members and friends have been very generous, donating work to this virtual exhibition: Lesley Barker, Karina Barrett, David Barron, Ann Bridges, David Brightmore, David Bower, Malcolm Brookes, Carl Chapple, Lynne Cartlidge, Gerald Dewsbury, Heather Eastes, Edwin Forrest, Jan Gardner, Susan Gathercole, Eluned Grant, Mary Griffiths, Diana Heeks, Audrey Hind, Chloe Holt, Paul Joyner, Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Ben Johnson, David Jones, Julia Jones, Ann Lewis, Susan Liggett, David Lloyd Griffiths, Wendy Mayer, Patricia McParlin, Louise Morgan, Barry Morris, Gareth Nash, Ondre Nowakowski, Louise Payne, Elaine Preece Stanley, Pea Restall, Shani Rhys James, Wil Rowlands, Malcolm Ryan, Colin See-Paynton, Bob Shires, Andrew Smith, Gilly Thomas, Ruth Thomas, Bronwyn Williams-Ellis, David Williams-Ellis, Mo Vyse, Stephen West, Anna Wilson, Matthew Wood, David Woodford and Jeremy Yates.

How big are the artworks?

Unless otherwise stated, all pieces measure approximately 19 x 14 cm, which is a generous size for a ‘postcard'! These really are artworks to frame and treasure.

Please note: we have done our best to present the most accurate representation of each artwork, but colours may vary from what appears on your screen.

Are the artworks signed?

Yes - we have asked the artists to sign their works on the back. Some artists have signed their work on the front, which we have digitally temporarily 'removed', so your purchased artwork may show any signature originally added to the front.

When does the online auction begin and end?

Bidding opens 2-2.30pm on 18 July and will close between 2-2.30pm on 8 August 2020.

How do I bid online?

The event is being held on an online auction platform which you can access HERE

Bids start at £40. Each bid must be at least £5 more than the previous bid. There is no limit on how many bids each postcard can receive or how many each bidder can make, so if someone outbids you, feel free to increase your bid to outbid them. If your bid is the highest by the close of the online event (around 2pm on 8 August) then you win!

A proxy bid allows you to enter the maximum amount you're willing to spend, with the goal of winning the item at the lowest possible price. The system will bid for you, up to your maximum proxy bid amount, as additional bids are entered on the item.

An exact bid is the amount you want the item's current selling price to immediately jump to. Your bid amount will not change as additional bids are entered on the item.

Please note that you will need to create an account before you can place a bid.

Will I be notified If I am outbid?

Yes, on the email you signed up with. Make sure to keep an eye on your emails!

If I win, how do I pay?

You will receive an email confirmation directing you to pay online for your winning lots. Please be sure to check the email you signed up with.

When do I need to have paid by?

Please note if you have not paid within 72 hours of the auction ending (9pm on 3 August) then we reserve the right to offer the item to the second highest bidder. We would be very grateful for prompt payment, as we do not release the artists' names until all payment is received.

Can I remove bids whilst the auction is in progress?

If you accidentally enter the wrong amount and need to remove a bid, please contact the auction administrators on Please note bids cannot be removed once the auction has ended (see below).

Can I change my mind if I no longer want an artwork and the auction has ended?

No. A bid on this item is considered a contract, and should you win the item you are obliged to purchase it at that price. The name of the artist will only be revealed once payment for this item has been received.

When will all of the artists and their works be revealed?

We aim to reveal whose was whose the week after the auction, when all artworks will be viewable on, and will include the artists' names, so you can see if your guesses were right about whose work was whose! Please note that we will not release the names of the artists until payment has been received, so please do pay promptly.

How will I receive my winning postcard/postcards?

Once you have paid and emailed to let us know what your delivery address is, the artist will post your work directly to you.

Please note that deliveries may be affected by delays associated with Covid-19.

What if I don’t have regular access to a computer, or if I’m busy on the night the auction ends? Can I leave a proxy bid?

If you have intermittent access to a computer then you can leave a proxy bid and the computer will bid for you. Please scroll up to read ‘How do I bid online?’ for more information on proxy bidding.

Where do the proceeds go?

All proceeds raised by the sale of the cards will go towards supporting the Royal Cambrian Academy (Registered Charity 219648).

Own the art you love

Collectorplan is an interest-free* credit service to help you buy contemporary art and craft in Wales.

Over 50 galleries in Wales participate in the Collectorplan scheme which assists UK residents to buy original works of art and crafts by living artists.