Hundreds of postcard artworks exploring life and disability in the 21st century will be shown at the Sage in Gateshead from 1st - 4th October. Postcards from the Edges was created by national disability charity United Response to build on the Paralympic Games legacy by turning the spotlight from disabled peoples sporting achievements to their creative ones.

Dozens of people from around the north east and the UK answered the call by the charity to express themselves through a postcard. They sent in poems, photographs, digital art, paintings and even knitted postcards. Hundreds of the artworks will be showcased at Gateshead’s prestigious Sage, alongside art from celebrities including Paralympians Hannah Cockroft and Dame Sarah Storey, Olympian Sally Gunnell, Suede singer Brett Anderson, top model Kelly Knox and Oscar winning actress Emma Thompson.

United Response hopes the project will challenge stereotypes and prejudice by exploring the everyday lives of disabled people; their hopes and fears, the challenges they face and their achievements. Postcards have come from a huge array of people including older people with mental health needs, the mothers of children with autism, hearing impaired artists and many, many more. The postcards have come from across the UK and even as far afield as Baltimore in the US.

Su Sayer CBE, United Response’s founder and chief executive, said: “The exhibition is a real explosion of creative energy, offering a kaleidoscope of different experiences. Some postcards are very moving, some are funny and others are simply beautiful, but the overall experience is eye opening and inspiring. I’m very proud that we are using our 40th anniversary to launch a unique, life-affirming project like this. So what better way to continue our national tour than to showcase these remarkable pieces of artwork at the amazing Sage. It will be a perfect backdrop to celebrate the remarkable work of artists from the north east and further afield.”

After its time in Gateshead, the exhibition will go on to tour Liverpool and Bristol. There is still time for other artists to be featured in upcoming exhibitions. Postcards can be created on the Postcards website or submitted via post. For further information about Postcards from the Edges, to view the inspiring postcards or to learn more about the project, the exhibition and United Response, click below:

Postcards from the Edges