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Royal College of Art 2014 Graduate Show Opens

The Royal College Art’s highly anticipated annual graduate show, Show RCA opens this year on 18 June, running across the College’s two campuses in Battersea and Kensington.

The prestigious exhibition, which has been the launchpad for the careers of some of Britain’s most renowned creative names, will this year feature the work of 575 art and design graduates. It's the culmination of unrelenting passion, exploration, experimentation and dedication to their Master's and Research programmes.  

A total of 23 programmes from across six different schools – Architecture, Design, Fine Art, Material, Communication and Humanities – will showcase work. This year will see the first graduating cohorts from new Master's programmes Information Experience Design, Service Design and Interior Design. 

Show RCA 2014 will emphasise the power of interdisciplinary creativity, underscoring the common and complementary ground between programmes and schools. Visitors can expect groundbreaking design innovations, new materials and production processes, surprising architectural and sculptural interventions, breathtaking fashion and material aesthetics, awe-inspiring craft, cutting edge critical thinking on social, environmental, economic and political issues, and immersive visual and sonic experiences. 

Each School will be identified by its own distinct colour scheme and graphic identity, to allow for a clear visitor experience. Show RCA's graphic identity, designed by 2013 Visual Communication graduates Giulia Garbin and Jack Llewellyn, digitally re-works six historic woodblock typefaces from the College’s Letterpress studio to represent each of the six Schools.

For the approximate 40,000 visitors that Show RCA attracts every year, Show RCA is an opportunity to experience cutting-edge contemporary art and design.  There are no admission charges to the exhibitions, and much of the work is for sale or commission. Items range from paintings to prints, glassware to jewellery and furniture to textiles. Buyers have the opportunity to invest right at the beginning of an artist or designer’s professional career. RCA alumni include global luminaries such as Henry Moore, Sir James Dyson, Thomas Heatherwick, Christopher Bailey, David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Zandra Rhodes and Orla Kiely. 


Show RCA Battersea 

School of Fine Art (Sculpture Building, Sackler Building & Moving Image Studio)

  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture 

School of Material (Hester Road Gallery, a short walk from Dyson building)

  • Ceramics & Glass
  • Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery
  • Fashion Accessories
  • Textiles
School of Humanities (Dyson Building)

  • Critical & Historical Studies
  • Critical Writing in Art & Design
  • Curating Contemporary Art

Show RCA Kensington 

School of Architecture (Darwin Building)

  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
School of Design (Darwin Building)

  • Design Interactions
  • Design Products 
  • Innovation Design Engineering
  • Service Design
  • Vehicle Design 

School of Communication (Stevens Building)

  • Animation
  • Information Experience Design 
  • Visual Communication 

School of Humanities (Darwin Building)

  • History of Design

Show RCA 2014 is open to public from 18–29 June (closed 27 June), 12-8pm daily

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