The main idea/vision is for artists to contribute postcard-sized, hand-painted original artwork, which will be sold to raise money for a local charity. This site will let you know of the upcoming Twitter Art Exhibits. You may also subscribe to our mailing list here.
Q. How do I sign up?
A. #TwitterArtExhibit organizers will be posting details about the next event, possibly near you! Make sure to follow @twitrartexhibit for all details. When the time comes, an entry form will be posted on this site and on Twitter. A physical mailing address will also be provided at that time, to which you can then send your beautiful, handmade postcard. We accept one entry per artist.
Q. Who can participate?
A. Any professional or amateur artist in reach of our digital voice is invited! There will be no jury and no theme, but please send quality work, and please follow all the submission requirements posted in the Call for Artists. We just ask that you have a TWITTER account so we can communicate with you and spread the information about your card donation to others as well. We are now accepting artists who do not have Twitter accounts, but Instagram accounts. But, be aware that our main channel of communication with our artists is via Twitter. If you are part of an Art Society then your group can take part under the society’s Twitter name. We just ask that you register as individuals on the form.
Q. How many cards will be accepted?
A. Although we want to make this the biggest international exhibit possible, the number of entries accepted will depend on overall participation and available space at the local level. Our goal is to include one card per participating artist (please do not send more than one). The goal of the first exhibit was 140 (symbolic of 140 characters), and we received 260 cards from 24 countries. The second time around, 360 artists from 32 nations participated. In the 3rd exhibit, 502 artists from 35 countries sent a total of 726 postcards, raising $7,000. Our suggestion is to avoid procrastination, and enter early (especially if you reside outside the country hosting the exhibition), as late arrivals will not be included. Each exhibit will have clear submission deadlines, which will be listed on this site.
Q. Is there an entry fee?
A. No, this is a charity exhibition. There is no entry fee and every participant, artist, and organizer is an unpaid volunteer. We are all pooling our talents for a good cause.
Q. What sizes are accepted?
A. As the exhibit wall/space itself is a piece of art, it’s important that the cards are close to each other in size. This is key to being able to include as many cards as possible. The maximum size allowed is 16 x 12 cm (6.3 x 4.7 inches). Please try to stick to standard postcard sizes/proportions and materials! If you cannot find a shop-bought card that size then simply cut a larger piece of paper to the correct scale.
Q. What materials may be used?
A. The artwork should resemble a postcard. We suggest you pick up a regular postcard at a store near you and try to emulate its size and thickness. Although imagination is the primary ingredient, we do have requirements, which are in place for good reasons. Thick or good quality watercolor paper is preferred, thin cardboard is also allowed. If you work in oils, please prime and gesso your paper accordingly as we do not accept 4 x 6 canvas boards. Do not use canvas, plates, wood, etc. Sketch or print paper is much too flimsy. And please remember, each card must be a hand-signed original.
Q. What mediums are approved?
A. Twitter Art Exhibit is an exhibition of handmade art, and we mean this in the traditional sense. We are now accepting Digital art, but it must comply with the requirements of a one-off original created for the TAE event and signed. Please make sure it is printed off on high-quality paper and of a high-quality print.
You may use watercolors, pencil/graphite, acrylic, ink, gouache, encaustic, oil, charcoal, and pastel (please use spray fixative!), or mixed media. Also, collages are accepted as are fabric and felting. (Please mount them on a stiff card). Linocuts, etchings, silkscreen, woodcuts, and lithographs are accepted but must be unique (1/1) and hand-signed. Please, nothing perishable, toxic or otherwise harmful.
Q. Is there a motif/theme?
A. There is no theme. Our objective is to promote artists from all over the world for a good cause. Create something that represents your style and work. This is a public event where children may be present, so we ask that you consider making the subject matter appropriate for all audiences. The definition of “appropriate” is up for debate in the art world, but please use common sense. We reserve the right to withhold any artwork we find inappropriate.
Q. How do I label my card?
A. This is important! Please print off the form you will receive when you register and FILL IT IN and adhere it to the back of the card. Each artist must write their real name, medium used, @twittername, country, city/town, title of work on the back of each card. This will be helpful to buyers and organisers alike. We have, in the past, connected artists with buyers, so make sure your information is up to date.
Q. How much will my card be sold for?
A. At this time, The Twitter Art Exhibit Board has decided on a flat rate of £30 per card. Should the local organizer decide to sell the work online after the exhibition, shipping charges will be added. Much (if not all) of the art is worth a lot more, but this will allow the general public to purchase them easily. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Q. What happens to unsold work?
A. All work received will be considered a donation and will not be returned to the sender. Any unsold artwork will be donated to the charity to use as they wish. Some may choose to create a mural with the remaining art to commemorate the exhibition; others may choose to continue selling the artwork at their own fundraising events.
Q. How can I help spread the word?
A. This is your exhibit! Please post a picture of your card on Twitter before you send it, mentioning our official Twitter account and using the hashtags, #TAE20 and #TAEfamily. Please follow us! We appreciate RT’s, and we will try to communicate as much as possible on Twitter publicly and through the media. Don’t forget to include this event on your resume as a group exhibition once we have confirmed your participation. You can also interact on our Facebook and Instagram pages and share our posts on social media.
Q. When is the submission deadline?
A. Each curator/organizer sets his/her own deadline. Please read the Call for Artists carefully to find out what the cut-off date is. A good rule of thumb is to allow at least 10 days for shipping if you reside within the country where the exhibition is taking place. For artists residing outside the country, we suggest you give yourself at least two weeks. If there is a problem or concern, please use the contact information provided on the Call for Artists to reach the local organizer.
Q. How do we know that the funds will go where you say they’ll go?
A. They have made it so far, with proceeds from postcard sales going to our charities. This is one of our biggest concerns. We will do everything in our power to ensure that our initiative does not exploit anyone and that schemers do not make off with our concerted efforts.
Q. Will there be a YouTube video?
A. At times, yes. A video of the event may be made for online circulation. Please note that these peripheral projects are extremely time-consuming and will depend on the local curator/organizer’s, and teams’ resources, so we cannot guarantee when these will be available following the exhibition.
Q. How will I know my card has arrived or been sold?
A. We will notify you via your Twitter account once we have received your card and it has been processed. Once the card has sold we will notify you, again via your Twitter account, of its sale. Please, if you could refrain from asking us about sales and arrival of cards as it is time-consuming for the volunteers to answer individual questions outside of the normal process. If, however, it has been a long time and you have not heard from us, certainly, email us and we will look into it for you.
Q. What if I don’t agree with something here, or don’t want to be included in a video or a book?
A. You are of course free to disagree, and in that case, simply refrain from participating. We are constantly receiving feedback from participants, and we strive to improve the experience for everyone involved. Keep in mind that the Call for Artists and these FAQs constitute our “user agreement” and that by submitting your artwork to us, you agree to our terms and may be included in a book and/or video about the exhibition. Please keep in mind that many organizations would in fact charge artists to be included in their publications. Any published materials will be created in the spirit of promoting artists and supporting the TAE organization, whose board members are contributing hundreds and hundreds of hours to the project without pay. TAE board members personally incur many out-of-pocket expenses (for example, domain fees, marketing, and publicity costs, printing costs for postcards, and other promotional materials, etc.), which are currently impossible to recoup. As we look to the future, we must think of practical ways to support the expansion of the TAE concept. If you are uncomfortable with anything here, please do not participate.
For more information, please follow Twitter Art Exhibit:
Twitter Art Exhibit Board Members:
David Sandum, @DavidSandum
Cat Salter-Smith, @CatSalterArtist
Isha Setia-Mader, @IshismsWorld
Martin Sebek, @martin_sebek