Answers on a Postcard

My postcard blog has proved very popular with readers recently, and if you enjoyed looking at them then this just might be right up your alley.


One of the postcards from my local collection.

I met this week with the lovely Agatha O'Neill, an artist, actress, and general creative extraordinaire, after discovering her latest artistic project.

The project, called "Echoes of the Past", is an interactive art piece for her second year of fine art at Kent College. It will show a collection of postcards that have been sent to Agatha with messages of what things people find valuable.

Agatha started the project after shopping for postcards and discovering a box of over 200 cards from the same family in a charity shop. She was so intrigued by the little stories between the family that she actually began writing a postcard diary to herself. Yep, that's right, she sent postcards to herself.

The pleasure of having a message on the back of a pretty picture landing on the doormat in the morning lead to the desire to want to receive postcards from other people, and the best way to do this, apart from sending your friends on lots of holidays, is to turn it into an art project.

The best that you and I can take part.

The best bit of all, because it's an interactive art piece, is that you and I can take part. All you have to do is send Agatha a postcard with some answers to the following questions:

(answer one, or answer them all)
1. What do you own that you would love to put in display in a museum?
2. If you could take anything from a museum home, what would it be?
3. What would you replace it with?
4. What wouldn’t you want to take home?
5. Which of your possessions most represent you?
6. What's the most valuable thing you would give?
7. What's the one thing you would never give away?
8. What do you want more than anything in the world?
9. What is your most precious memory?

These days, with the new communication technologies we have, we don't send postcards anymore, so let's change that. Let's send some postcards! Come on, pop down to the Tourist Information Centre, or do what I did and pop into King Charles the Martyr Church, for their excellent range and help Agatha out and be part of the artwork. Even if you don't live in Tunbridge Wells you can take part, I bet Agatha would love to receive cards from all over the world. Come on readers, get sending!

Send your postcards, by the 11th of February, to: Flat 5 Cambridge House, Camden Hill, Tunbridge Wells TN2 4TB.

Greetings Card

One of Agatha's greetings cards, available throughout town. You could even buy one of these to send.

Her project will be on display at Maidstone Museum from the 16th of February until the 23rd of March, and I really hope that one of our fine exhibition spaces will be able to bring it to Tunbridge Wells so that everyone can see it. If you can't get to the display, or just want to see other cards Agatha has received so far, then you can keep up with Agatha's project on her Twitter and Facebook.

I've chosen my postcard, I wonder if yours will be as bizarre as mine. There's only one way to find out.

4 Comments so far. Why not leave yours?

I will definitely be visiting Agatha's exhibition at Maidstone Museum. I saw their "Maidstone Past & Present" display last year. Shame TW can't do something along the same lines.

I've sent two postcards, but am so far behind on blog reading I only just spotted this! But perhaps a belated retweet will get a few more cards posted.... A trip to Maidstone beckons....

Thanks Carolyn, that would be great. Thanks for sending some cards too.

This sounds wonderful. It is true that the art of writing needs to be revived. I cannot wait to see it. Will get scribbling now!

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