Secret Charter – postcard painting exhibition

The Charter School (North Dulwich), a fantastic, inclusive, state secondary school in Dulwich, South London, under the current government funding deal, faces losing half a million pounds over the next few years.

Secret Charter has been conceived, with the approval of The Friends of The Charter School, to highlight this issue and with the aim of raising at least £15,000 to support specific Arts projects at the school and allow students to continue to experience what is currently being offered by the wonderful Arts departments at the Charter. A refurbishment of their photographic dark room, is for example, on their wish list.

The Secret Charter postcard sale will be held at the end of October. We need a minimum of 400 postcards to meet the fund-raising goal. We’re recruiting artists, designers, illustrators and high profile personalities to support the event and make it as successful as possible.

We want the event to be accessible, therefore, each card will be sold for an affordable price and ‘the secret’ will be that the cards will be anonymous. While buyers will have seen and chosen a postcard, they won’t know whose work they’ve bought until after they have purchased the postcard. It will be a big event held in a beautiful venue in Dulwich.

We include a card for you to get creative on. A stamped addressed envelope is enclosed. On the back of the card we ask you to sign and print your name and use a pencilled arrow to indicate which way up the card should be viewed. Please return your card to us by 30th June.

Should you wish to do more than one card please use the card as a template to cut (A6 size 148mm x 105mm). If you wish to use your own card please return the blank water colour card for us to reuse.

We would like to include a very short ‘bio’ of our artists in our information to give to your buyer (after they have purchased your card). Please do send a couple of lines abour you and/or your work and inspiration (eg. “Laura Stephens, local Dulwich artist, architect, or, “Laura Stephens, Royal Academy artist and textile designer”).

Finally, we would like to publicise the event and support all of our participating artists by promoting you and your work through social media, marketing, press releases and advertising. We would like to include an image of your work (but not your postcard!) and mention your name and the bio information you supply in our promotion of the event and ask that you can confirm that you are happy for us to do so on the permission slip below and email us an image of your work that you would be happy for us to include.

Your donation will make a direct contribution to children’s educational experiences as we continue to try and ensure their access to a full creative education. We will promote all the artists we use through our social media and marketing.

If you have any questions at all please contact us at or call 07970072525. Please follow us on Instagram our account @secretcharter and facebook @secretcharter page.



I give permission for ‘Secret Charter’ to include my name, biography info below and the image (emailed) for promotion of the Secret Charter postcard sale fundraising event. 


Signature:_____________________ Date:________________


My mini ‘biography’ is: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ and I have signed and printed my name on the back of my postcard.



via Instagram Painting on the Southbank with @djsawyerrba and the Dulwich Art Group on a perfect midsummer’s day. Setting up in one of the busiest places in the world was daunting but with David’s support we all had fun and coped with the crowds and were rewarded with strong light and kind words from passers by. Thanks David.
#pleinair #oilpainting #landscapepainting #pleinairpainting

via Instagram Coco the greyhound is looking forward to her painting holiday in Hereford this September. She gets the ridiculously large master bedroom (unless someone else wants it) and is hopeful she’ll make friends with the new chef @isabelhoodnutrition

#paintingholiday #pleinair #landscapepainting

via Instagram Framing still to be done but at least we have a new sign! The handsome fellow looking relaxed in front of it is Cristian who made light work of putting it up. Early start for some of us tomorrow as we configure our studio for our biggest show yet. It’s going to be a cracker.

via Instagram Another clever solution to carrying wet panels thanks to Phil Burry. Two pegs glued together with a spacer. Simple and effective.

via Instagram New colours for today’s plein air course with David Sawyer. The sap green is really useful, cold green without the psychotic tendencies of pthalo green.

via Instagram @alex_tzavaras busy teaching today. Painting from casts is a good way to learn about shape, proportion and value. Alex keeps his students on a restricted palette, maybe just three tones to keep things simple while the important structures are established.

Easter Egg Hunt in Dulwich Village – Artists, paint an egg?


From March 15 th to April 2 nd 2018 a very special Easter Egg Hunt will be taking place in Dulwich Village. The unique, egg-shaped creations of 20 local artists will be displayed in the windows of the shops and businesses for locals and visitors to spot and enjoy. Each egg will be decorated to represent an aspect of Dulwich’s rich and fascinating past and present.

We need YOU to volunteer your creative talents to decorate one such egg.

The Ernest Shackleton Egg, the Pissarro Egg or even the Blitz Egg: we have a whole list of fascinating themes to suggest, or perhaps you have your own idea? We will be providing the ostrich-sized blank eggs.
Each egg will be listed with your profile, on our dedicated Egg Hunting Map which will be circulated in the Village and beyond. It’s a wonderful opportunity to generate interest in your upcoming Artists’ Open House and we are hoping for good media coverage of this early spring event.

Furthermore, in May, all the eggs will be displayed together during the Dulwich Festival period in the window of the Art Stationers (31 Dulwich Village) with your name and Open House venue number
for extra “egg-sposure” (sorry!). When it is all over your egg will be returned to you to keep.

All you need to do now is register your interest by emailing Mary Green on by February 21 st . Artists will be notified to start work on February 28 th and all eggs must be completed by March 14 th .

Best Wishes
Dulwich Village Association