Jeremy Cooper: Postcards

Image Credit: Jonathan Taphouse

Watchet Boat Museum/Podshavers Barn Restaurant/Market House Museum, Watchet


Saturday 01 April 2017 – Friday 30 June 2017
Opening Hours: 11am - 4pm

Since 1999 Cooper has stored the postcards in categories, seeking out over the last decade standard commercial postcards in his favourite fields - shoes, country churches, chairs, toys, aerial landscapes, writers, shells, bridges, and many more - whilst also adhering to personal aesthetic preferences (mint condition, no lettering on front, no largely bled images, no postcards of art except portraits, no animals etc).

The exhibition is timely for Contains Art who have launched their new arts subscription package, Extra: a monthly mailing of cultural publications and art ephemera, bringing art through the letterbox. Inspired by Cooper’s first installation of commercial postcards, the gallery offers subscribers the chance to receive an eclectic mix of creative inspirations, put together by its in-house curator, Jon Barrett,  alongside new art publications. See for further details.

In conjunction with the collection at Podshavers, Contains Art will also be presenting an installation of Cooper’s postcards at The Market House Museum, Watchet, and the newly refurbished Brunel built, Watchet Boat Musuem.

Author of numerous published works including Artists’ Postcards: A Compendium (Reaktion 2012), collector, antiques dealer, former Sotheby’s auctioneer and expert on BBC’s Antique Roadshow, Cooper’s entire postcard collection dates from 1960 to present day (and includes work by Dieter Roth, Richard Hamilton, Carl Andre, Claes Oldenburg and many others). Accession of the collection in 2019 will be marked by a major exhibition and catalogue in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, provisionally titled The Postcard as Contemporary Art.


1 April - 30 June: Podshavers Barn Restaurant, Pound Lane, Bishops Lydeard, TA4 3AD. Wednesday - Saturday Open evenings Wednesday to Saturday. Lunch from 12.00 pm Wednesday to Sunday. 01823 433556.
1 April - 30 June: Watchet Boat Museum, Harbour Road, WATCHET, TA23 0AA. Open daily. 01984 632101
1 April - 30 June: Market House Museum, Market Street, WATCHET, TA23 0AN. 10:30 – 4:30 daily.

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