Postcards from the M1

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A MOTORWAY service station is the unlikely subject of a new artwork, the latest in a two year exhibition of site-specific works across the county.

Postcards from the edge of the M1 by Matthew Smith offers visitors to the Tibshelf services the chance to take home a postcard image depicting the signage on the M1 motorway.

The signs have been photographed, hand-coloured with inks and made into 10,000 postcards, which will be available to take home from racks at the services, until they run out.

“Tibshelf Services is the perfect site in which to display and distribute the postcards,” said Matthew.

“The viewer of the work will be able to take away a postcard with them, thereby widely dispersing these images around the country as each person takes away a strange memento of their own journey.”

Postcards from the edge of the M1 is the latest work to be commisioned as part of re:place - a two year curated programme of exhibitions in unusual places across Derbyshire.

The project, which has been running since 2008 and finishes this year, is part of Derbyshire Arts Development Group, an organisation which promotes the development of professional arts in the county.

Ann Wright, head of art at Derbyshire County Council, said:“The project looks at how people in the county can access contemporary art, as it’s a difficult art form to take into rural areas.

“Some pieces just wouldn’t look right in a village hall, so we have looked at doing things that are specific to Derbyshire.”

To find out more about the exhibition, visit or call 0779 152 8277.

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