How to receive a free postcard pack to cheer up people isolated by the pandemic

An arts group is aiming to brighten the day of isolated people while giving everyone a chance to show their creative talents by post.

Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 12:45 pm
Eleanor Matthews

Art Hit: Post Art is a visual art project thought up by artist Eleanor Matthews, working with East Durham Creates (EDC), where anyone can sign up to receive a free postcard art pack.

The postcards will then be sent to people in East Durham who are feeling isolated due to the pandemic.

The pack includes hints and tips for making your own postcard art while professional artists are giving online tutorials through the project’s Facebook page.

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One of the art cards

The artists who have been creating tutorials are Eleanor Matthews, MaiaMythical, Suzanne Williams, Christine Robinson, Sofia Barton, Catherine Thomson, Alison Curry and Alan Sill – who created a photography project which has been very popular, with photos people have submitted being turned into postcards.

Eleanor said: ‘There has been a great response to the project with some amazing postcard art sent in.

"People who are receiving the cards are delighted and they are really brightening up people’s lives.”

She added: “East Durham Veterans Trust have shared the cards with people in their network, as have Dawdon Community Centre, who have had replies back from older residents who say the cards have made them a difference, and helped them feel more connected.

To receive a free postcard pack, go online to https://tinyurl.com/25t3zrjr or take part in the project on the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/arthitpostart

People can also nominate someone to receive a card at https://tinyurl.com/sw53k3e3