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Could you design a postcard inspired by Hilma af Klint?

Our latest creative brief draws from the seductive abstract style of the pioneering artist, as captured in Beyond the Visible.

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“Art history has to be rewritten.” This is the quote that piqued director Halina Dyrschka’s desire to create her debut feature film, Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint. Its subject is the pioneering abstract female artist, Hilma af Klint, whose name does not appear prominently in art history books, or on the walls of the world’s biggest gallery spaces.

And yet, before Mondrian and Kandinsky, there was af Klint, who was modestly creating her visionary wares from a small Swedish island village, creating some of the earliest examples of what is now termed the abstract expressionist style. Due to her humble nature, and the fact that the art world was and still is dominated by men, her oeuvre and unique style was seemingly forgotten from art history for over ten decades.

Now it’s your turn to re-write art history – we’re handing over the paintbrush and palette to you.

In light of the film’s UK and Ireland release with Modern Films on 9 October, Little White Lies and Modern Films are asking you to create your own Beyond the Visible postcard.

The Brief

In your own interpretation of af Klint’s abstract style, design a postcard depicting a portrait of Hilma af Klint. Your entry can be landscape or portrait, but must be submitted at standard postcard size (A6).

Here’s a handy toolkit to help you get started, plus a few more reference images of Klint’s work.

The Prize

One winner will receive a copy of the first three volumes of Hilma af Klint’s catalogue raisonne, which are printed in an exclusive edition designed by Patric Leo, a selection of official merchandise, a set of Modern Films DVDs focusing on great artists, including Manifesto, Boom for Real, Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda, Shooting the Mafia, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, Show Me the Pictures: The Story of Jim Marshall and Beyond The Visible: Hilma af Klint.

The winning artwork will also be printed on postcards included in the DVD package, and we’ll throw in a copy of Little White Lies magazine and our new book, Paul Thomas Anderson: Masterworks for good measure.

How to Enter

All entries must be sent to competitions@tcolondon.com under the subject line ‘Beyond the Visible creative brief’ by midday GMT on Wednesday 7 October.

You can also send us your entry via Twitter or Instagram by tagging @LWLies, but be sure to email us a hi-res version of your entry as well. Please remember to include your full name so we know who to credit. Good luck!

Terms & Conditions

1. Competition open to residents of the UK aged 15 years or over, with the exception of those related to employees of the Promoter, their families, agents and anyone else connected with this promotion. Proof of age may be required.
2. Entries must be received before midday GMT on Wednesday 7 October, 2020. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt. Entries via agents or third parties are invalid. Entries become the property of the Promoter and are not returned.
3. Of the entries received before the deadline one overall winner will be selected.
4. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right (a) to substitute alternative prizes of equivalent or greater value and (b) in exceptional circumstances to amend or foreclose the promotion without notice. No correspondence will be entered into.
5. Details of the prize for the winner are listed above.
6. To obtain details of the winners please email competitions@tcolondon.com stating the name of the prize, and the subject line ‘Beyond the Visible creative brief’ four weeks after the closing date.
7. By entering this competition, all entrants consent to the transfer of their personal data to the Promoter for the purposes of the administration of this prize draw.
8. All work must be entirely original and the entrant’s own.
9. By entering the competition each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions. The Promoter is The Church of London, 71a Leonard Street, EC2A 4QS.

Published 25 Sep 2020

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