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Stewarts RCA Secret 2018

30 November 2018 to 6 December 2018


Viewing day: Friday 30 November from 12–7pm 

Exhibition & postcard selection: Saturday 1 December 12–6pm; Sunday 2 & Monday 3 December 10am – 6pm

Collection day: Thursday 6 December from 4–8pm 

The Royal College of Art is proud to announce details of its fun and exciting annual fundraising exhibition, RCA Secret, sponsored by Stewarts.

Established in 1994, Stewarts RCA Secret is London's original postcard exhibition where supporters have the opportunity to own artwork by some of the world's most celebrated artists, illustrators and designers, as well as up-and-coming graduates and students from the College. 

Each year supporters have their art credentials tested as the identity of their chosen artwork's maker is kept secret and revealed only once the £60 donation is made. All proceeds go to the RCA Fund, which supports the next generation of RCA students at a formative time in their careers.

More than 2000 postcards will be exhibited this year and confirmed contributors include Wallace and Gromit creator, Nick Park, contemporary artist Bob and Roberta Smith, and painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling.

Every contribution is an original artwork, produced with the same rigour as any other work by the maker. Although restricted to being postcard-sized, the subject matter and approaches vary widely, from photography and collage to drawing, painting, and even sculpture and embroidery.

Previous contributors include renowned alumni and friends of the College including Christopher Bailey, David Bailey, Sir James Dyson, Tracey Emin, Norman Foster, Thomas Heatherwick, Anish Kapoor, Mike Leigh, Steve McQueen, Grayson Perry, Zandra Rhodes, Sir Paul Smith and Yinka Shonibare.

Stewarts RCA Secret will be open for viewing from Friday, 30 November at the RCA's Kensington campus. Supporters will have the opportunity to purchase their postcards from Saturday 1 December – Monday 3 December, just in time for Christmas.

Images of all postcards in the exhibition will be released online from 9am on Thursday 29 November, 24 hours before the exhibition opens to the public. In order to purchase a postcard, supporters must register on the RCA Secret website to obtain a buyer's ID. Buyers will be able to purchase their chosen postcards, initially capped at four per buyer, throughout the exhibition from 1–3 December. On the last day of the exhibition, everyone will be welcome to come back and choose unlimited postcards.  

Postcards can be collected in person on the collection day, Thursday 6 December, or posted once the exhibition has closed.

Stewarts is proud to sponsor the RCA Secret exhibition. Stewarts is the UK's leading litigation-only law firm. They have a strong international reputation for excellence in groundbreaking and innovative litigation.