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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Pushing the Envelope exhibition

As efficient as email is, nothing beats the simple pleasure of receiving a letter through the post. During the Presteigne Festival, Mid Border Arts are hosting an exhibition titled Pushing the Envelope at the Assembly Rooms in Presteigne.  

Showcasing artworks created on envelopes, the exhibition celebrates the world’s first postage stamp – the Penny Black. The exhibition is both colourful and playful and demonstrates that pen and paper still have an huge aesthetic appeal in this age of digital communication.
The Pushing the Envelope exhibition was kick started by Neil Hadfield, Illustration Course Leader at Hereford College of Arts. The college worked collaboratively with Katie Nairne of House of Illustration in London; the UK's only public gallery dedicated solely to illustration which was founded by Sir Quentin Blake. Together with the Hay Literary Festival they invited an international array of artists and illustrators to create embellished envelopes using a mix of mediums. From collage, to paint, to typographic designs, each artist made their mark on the back of an envelope and then posted it to London.
The work has made its way from across the globe, from Europe, Japan, and the USA and even as far as Australia.
On Sunday 28 August at 5.00pm Neil Hadfield talks about the exhibition and tells how its makers were inspired to contribute to the project. (Event 18 of The Presteigne Festival - tickets available online Tickets are £6 unreserved. ).

Pushing the Envelope runs from August 25-30 at The Assembly Rooms in Presteigne, LD8 2AD, from 10am – 5pm daily. Access at all times cannot be guaranteed because of Presteigne Festival talks and performances.

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