On-line Phillumeny Exhibition : 1st to 31st October 2021

We are really excited to announce that we will be holding an On-line Phillumeny exhibition from 1st to 31st October 2021, which will actively promote the hobby of matchbox label and bookmatch collecting (phillumeny) and encourage international collaboration among collectors of all ages.

It has now been over two years since we held a Society Exhibition, and the continuing restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic make it unlikely that a physical one will happen any time soon. Therefore, by building on our experiences with the On-line Auctions and inspired by the tremendous On-line Exhibition which the Bangladesh club ran in January this year (reviewed in February MLN #443), the Committee has decided to join forces with the North Western Phillumenists and West & Midlands Phillumenists clubs and hold our own On-line Phillumeny Exhibition. We are really keen to explore the opportunities that the Internet offers for this, and hope that it will encourage members who perhaps have never exhibited before to get involved. 

Click here to see some example exhibits and exhibitor biographies, and click here to enter an exhibit.


On-line Phillumeny Exhibition – all you need to know

Key details

  • When is it? The Exhibition will run from 1st October to 31st October 2021
  • What is it? The Exhibition will be a collection of phillumeny Exhibits which are held in a dedicated part of this web site. There will be an (on-line) Exhibition Catalogue, a Visitor Book, and Awards. We will run weekly guided tours (using Zoom), and there will be opportunities to talk with the Exhibitors
  • What does an Exhibit look like? Each Exhibit will consist of up to 10 images (minimum 300 dpi or 2000px on the long edge) together with a title, a description of the Exhibit and a biography of the Exhibitor. Here is an example Exhibit. Your photos should be all portrait or all landscape, not a mixture.
  • Can I submit video Exhibits? Yes, short video exhibits are welcomed (up to 150 seconds)
  • Who can Exhibit? We encourage all Society and affiliate members to submit Exhibits. Non-members can also exhibit, but will be charged £10 per Exhibit. The Organising Committee will review all submissions in order to curate a balanced, visually-attractive and enjoyable Exhibition. Exhibits need to be in English, but we are very happy to have dual-language exhibits also
  • Is there a closing date for submitting Exhibits? Yes, 1st September 2021
  • Is there a theme? Exhibits must be of phillumenistic material, but can be on any topic. Also, we would encourage Exhibits about “why I started collecting”
  • Is this a temporary Exhibition? Yes, it will close on 31st October 2021, but we intend to include the Award winning exhibits in a Permanent Gallery on this web site
  • Does this replace the physical Exhibitions? No, there will still be physical Exhibitions (when circumstances allow) but the On-line Exhibition could become an annual event if members like it
  • How will it be advertised? We will use the magazine, web site and Instagram to advertise the Exhibition and encourage members to use their personal networks to spread the word

How do I take part?

Visit the Society web site during October – everybody is welcome to visit the Exhibition.

To exhibit in the Exhibition members with internet access are encouraged to use this on-line form to submit their Exhibits while members without internet access can submit Exhibits by post, and hopefully could use a public-access facility (e.g. a library) to view the Exhibition.

So what do I need to do now?

  • Put the dates in your diary and start preparing your Exhibit(s)
  • Keep an eye on this web site for the latest information. The final details about the Exhibition will also be included in the August magazine
  • Make sure you get your Exhibits to us by 1st September 2021 – you can use this on-line form now

We believe that this On-line Exhibition will be popular with our members, and also hope that it will attract new members to the Society. Please send any questions or suggestions to onlineexhibition@phillumeny.com or add your comments to this Blog.

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