Every year the beautiful 1850s mansion that houses the Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts is overrun with thousands of small artworks for its Postcard Show.
The show is a competition, open to artists of all ages and experiences, working across all media. The only proviso is that the submissions have to be mini masterpieces, no larger than 8 x 10 inches. But while the works may be small, the scale of the show certainly isn’t.
Running for over 20 years, the Linden Postcard Show has become a staple of the Melbourne art calendar. The calibre of the judges – usually some of Australia’s leading curators, critics and art historians – also keeps the competition lively.
The exhibition is always popular and noisy and unpredictable and unpretentious. Many of the entrants are terrific and visitors get to a chance to select the work they love the most when they vote for the Yarra Trams People Choice Award. The gallery is proud that there isn’t a pre-selection process and they have never not hung an entrant. The winners vary from year to year; sometimes they are first-time entrants and sometimes well-known artists. The works are all for sale, and the small format means they’re reasonably priced - making them the perfect Christmas gift for someone special. Big names rub shoulders with passionate amateurs. In the sometimes slick world of contemporary art, the Linden Postcard Show is a welcome breath of fresh air.
Artists from around Australia are invited to enter the 2014 Linden Postcard Show. Entries close Sep 19.