For around 170 years it has been customary in many cultures to exchange Christmas cards at this time of year. The Tate Archive collections include a number of Christmas cards designed by artists, and as the festive period approaches, we thought we’d share some of these with you…

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  • Christmas card created by Nigel Henderson from the Tate Archive collection

    Christmas card created by Nigel Henderson in 1954

    © Nigel Henderson Estate

  • Unsent envelope decorated with a collage created by Keith Vaughan Tate Archive

    Unsent envelope decorated with a collage created by Keith Vaughan

    © The Estate of Keith Vaughan

  • Christmas card created by Kenneth Armitage in Tate Archive collection

    Christmas card created by Kenneth Armitage sent to Joan Moore in 1951

    © The Kenneth Armitage Foundation

  • Christmas card from Cecil Collins to Elizabeth Collins Tate Archive

    Christmas card from Cecil Collins to Elizabeth Collins, Cecil and his wife nicknamed each other Belland Parc respectively

    © Tate

  • Christmas card by Paul Nash sent to Eileen Agar in Tate Archive

    Christmas card from Paul and Margaret Nash to Eileen Agar with reproduction of ‘Nocturnal Landscape’ by Paul Nash

    © Tate

  • Sketch of possible Christmas card design by Julian Trevelyan from Tate Archive

    Sketch of possible Christmas card design by Julian Trevelyan

    © The Estate of Julian Trevelyan

  • Christmas card created by John Piper Tate Archive

    Christmas card created by John Piper sent to Julian Trevelyan in 1938

    © The Piper Estate

  • Sketch of a decorated Christmas tree by James Boswell Tate Archive

    Sketch of a decorated Christmas tree by James Boswell

    © The Estate of James Boswell

…maybe they’ll inspire you to get creative with your own Christmas card designs this year!

These Christmas cards were designed by artists whose archives will be digitised and made available online in Autumn 2014 as part of the Archives and Access Project.

Find out more about the Archives and Access project