Redlands Art School
Artist Trading Cards

24 August – 21 October 2022

Artist Trading Cards is a culmination of students work from the Drawing Lab project for Redlands Art School in which they created their own customised series of Artist Trading Cards (ATC). Drawing Lab concentrates on a versatile range of drawing techniques and materials, whilst bringing a focus and encouragement to each individual student’s imagination and illustrative signature.

An ATC is a small artwork created with the intention of swapping or trading with another artist, rather than being purchased or sold for money. Swiss artist M. Vänci Stirnemann first developed the concept in 1996, producing a catalogue of 1,200 cards he created by hand. ATC’s are hand-made unique works or a small series, signed and dated on the reverse by the artist, exchanged and collected by the people who participate in the collaboration.

In the traditional format the ATC must adhere to the size of 64 mm x 89 mm. For this project the student’s original designs were created in A4 size, and we have chosen to exhibit some original designs at this size and at the smaller size of 75mm x 105mm. To illustrate onto the 250gsm blending card a selection of alcohol-based design markers was used. The students also had the option of utilising pen and ink to finalise their designs.

The artists were challenged to incorporate a common theme into their series of ATC. Each student has interpreted the brief and customised their ideas and style to create the varied subject matter that is displayed within the exhibition. The artists participating in the exhibition range from 10 to 15 years of age. For the majority of the exhibiting students this was the first time they had exposure to the mediums outlined.



Capalaba Place

Floor Talk and Morning Tea:
10am Monday 26 September 2022

Image: Karla Galakatos, Irritability in a Fish (detail) 2022,  alcohol marker on bleedproof paper. Courtesy of the artist.