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 upcoming #Twitterartexhibits.
Please read the instructions carefully.
How do I sign up?
#TwitterArtExhibit organizers will be posting details about the next event, possibly near you! Make sure to follow @twitrartexhibit for all the details.
When the time comes, a contact e-mail address will be posted on this site and on Twitter. Send a message to that address with the heading “Twitter art exhibit (location)” to indicate your interest in participating. A physical mailing address will be provided at that time, to which you can then send your beautiful, handmade postcard (standard postcard sizes are best - 16 x 12 cm max, or 6.3 x 4.7 inches).
Ultimately, you sign up when your work arrives at the destination.
After arrival, the artwork will be listed on this blog, then handed to the person in charge of printing the labels with your information, which will be placed next to the card on the wall at the exhibit. Follow this site to see if your card has arrived.
Who can participate?
Any professional or amateur artist in reach of our digital voice is invited! There will be no jury, but please send quality work. This is a public event that will draw national media attention and public view. You may send more than one card, but we cannot guarantee all will be displayed.
How many cards will be accepted?
The goal of the first exhibit was 140 (symbolic of 140 characters), but we ended up with 260 cards from 24 countries. The second time around, we had 360 artists from 32 nations. Please understand that the exhibit will be a piece of art in itself, and that it will be up to the local organizers to ensure that the show ”works.” To see pics from the first exhibit, click here.
Late arrivals may not be included. Each exhibit will have clear deadlines for submission, which will be listed on this site.
Is there an entry fee?
No. As this is a charity exhibition, there is no fee to enter. Every participant, from artists to organizers, are working on a voluntary, unpaid basis. We just care about “sharing your talent for a good cause.”
From all the world!
It is David’s vision to get Twitter artists from as many countries as possible to participate. For the audience, one of the most fascinating parts of the exhibition is walking around the space and seeing where there all the artists come from.
What sizes are accepted?
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 also key to fitting in the most amount of cards 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. Slightly smaller versions are fine.
Which materials may be used?
The artwork should resemble a postcard; as you’ll be sending your piece itself as mail, please use common-sense and avoid mailing things such as canvas, plates, wood etc. Thick or good quality watercolor paper is preferred, thin cardboard is O.K. too. Sketch or print paper is too flimsy. Each card must be a hand-signed original. Photography and printmaking are acceptable, as long as you are sending a “one off” (1/1) original, hand-signed print. No copies, duplications/reproductions (computer or otherwise) will be accepted.
Which mediums are approved?
Watercolor, drawings, acrylic, ink, gouache, oil, charcoal and pastel (please use spray!), drawing, or mixed media. Linocuts, woodcuts and lithographs are accepted (if they are the correct size and hand-signed). Photos must also be original and hand-signed. Please, nothing perishable, toxic or otherwise harmful.
Is there a motif/theme?
There is no theme. The idea here is to promote artists from all over the world for a good cause. So paint/draw something that represents your style and work. As this will be a public event where children may be present, we ask you to 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.
What must I remember?
Important! Please print your complete information on the back of each card: It is very important that each artist write their real name, @twittername, country, city, title and website on the back of each card. This will be helpful to buyers and organizers alike, and will be used to print the information which will be placed next to each card. We’ve been able to connect many artists with buyers, so make make sure your information is up-to-date.
What happens to unsold work?
All work received will be considered a donation and will not be returned to the sender. There will be no online auction. Any unsold artwork will be donated to the charity to use as they see fit. Some may choose to create a mural with any remaining work to commemorate the exhibition; others may choose to sell the work at their own fundraising events. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!
How can I help spread the word?
This is your exhibit as well! Please post a pic of your card on Twitter before you send it, and use the hashtag #twitterartexhibit so that we can share the love! You’ll also find our official Twitter account at @twitrartexhibit. Please follow us! We appreciate RTs. We will try to communicate as much as possible on Twitter publicly and through the media. And remember to put this on your CV as a group exhibit/event.
When is the opening date?
The next exhibition will be held in the early part of 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Please stay tuned for details!
When is the submission deadline:?
The deadline for submitting pieces is 21 days prior to the opening (date to be posted). Allow at least 10 days for shipping. If there is a problem or concern, just contact us at @twitrartexhibit.
Will there be a YouTube video?
A video of the event will be made for online circulation. This is not only done to help the cause, but also to promote participating artists. Local organizers will be in charge of this, and an e-mail address will be provided (in time) for that purpose. If you want your work included in the video, you will be asked to e-mail a clear image of your piece(s) to the person in charge.
What will the cards sell for?
The sale price will be approx. $35 USD. Many, if not all of these cards are worth a lot more, but this will allow the general public to purchase them easily.
How do we know that the funds will go where you say they’ll go?
They have made it 100% so far. This is one of our biggest concerns. We will do everything in our power to ensure that our initiative does not exploit anybody, nor that schemers make off with our concerted efforts.