The 12 arty cards of Christmas

Wow your loved ones with a highbrow greeting card for their mantelpiece

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Our Christmas cards end up obscuring family photos and precious artworks on our walls for nearly a sixth of the year, so best to send something to be admired rather than buried. London's galleries and museums offer some very fetching options, and profits often go towards the upkeep of the gallery, so your tiny piece of art should do some good as well as looking good. Here are the Time Out Art team's favourites from 2013's selection.

  • It's the second year that Tate has produced Christmas cards with postgraduate students from the RCA. We love these three rotund kings, designed by Signe Emma and Esa Matinvesi.

    Tate RCA – Three Kings
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  • How to improve a nativity scene? Colour blocking, of course. RCA postgraduate Hayley Warnham gives swaddling some swank.

    Tate RCA – The First Christmas
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  • Why not send a seasonal offering from a Tate Modern blockbuster? Paul Klee's 'Redgreen and Violet-Yellow-Rhythms' (1920) is a classy choice.

    Tate – Paul Klee Christmas card
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  • The BM's annual competition invites the museum's Young Friends to design a card, using the collection as a starting point. The winner (Anna, age 13) drew inspiration from a 17th-century engraving of winter.

    British Museum Young Friends Christmas Card
    £4.99 (pack of eight)

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  • A classic – from the 15th century, no less.

    National Gallery – Pisanello's Hare
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  • Happy Christmas, from a star of the National Gallery's exquisite 'Facing the Modern' exhibition.

    National Gallery – Klimt's Portrait of Hermine Gallia
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  • This card, made for David Hockney's 2012 show at the RA, makes us want to put on a scarf and lob snowballs.

    Royal Academy – David Hockney Winter Tunnel
    £7.50 (pack of ten)

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  • Royal Academician Mali Morris has captured a retro Christmas vibe in this jazzy abstract.

    Royal Academy - Mali Morris: Ashbury
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  • The NPG always comes up trumps with cards using vintage images from the collection. This season's selection features Edwardian actress Gabrielle Ray in winter hijinks.

    National Portrait Gallery – Gabrielle Ray Christmas Cards
    £5 (pack of ten)

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  • London's most beautiful ice rink as imagined by illustrator par excellence Quentin Blake.

    Courtauld Gallery – Somerset House Ice Rink by Quentin Blake
    £4.50 (pack of ten)

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  • London artist Eliza Southwood is one of four illustrators to team up with the V&A for its seasonal Printmakers cards. Packs contains three cards of each of the four designs.

    V&A Printmakers Cards
    £7.50 (pack of 12)

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  • This year, Dulwich Picture Gallery has worked with illustrator Emily Sutton for an exclusive design.

    Dulwich Picture Gallery – Winter Birds by Emily Sutton
    £8.99 (pack of six)

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It's the second year that Tate has produced Christmas cards with postgraduate students from the RCA. We love these three rotund kings, designed by Signe Emma and Esa Matinvesi.

Tate RCA – Three Kings
£5 (pack of six)

BUY ONLINE


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