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RCA2021 Spotlight: 2 – 4 July

The RCA's renowned graduate exhibition – RCA2021 – opened to the world last week as an online digital discovery platform and officially closes this Sunday on 4 July. 

Wherever you are, join the last few days of events, explore and immerse yourself in the work – and thinking – of the world's most talented emerging artists and designers. Discover why creativity is a global language.

Architecture              Arts and Humanities                Communication              Design


Spindle fabrics by Bahareh Saboktakin (MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering) featured in Sir Jony Ive's collection
Spindle fabrics by Bahareh Saboktakin (MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering) featured in Sir Jony Ive's collection

Explore the the RCA2021 platform through the Collections curated by a range of artists, designers, curators, experts, alumni and friends of the College, including RCA Chancellor, Sir Jony Ive. Learn more about this year's curators

Explore a selection of the student works available to buy at the RCA2021 Shop. The shop is live for a limited time only, until 4 July 2021 and all purchases support talented emerging artists and designers.


Discussion: Gender Identity and Relationships
Animators in Conversation: Gender, Identity & Relationships, MA Animation
At 10:00am (GMT+1) on Saturday 3 July join a panel discussion with the MA Animation graduates and Ioli Fillipakopoulou about how their films approach the themes of Gender, Identity and Relationships.

Join the Export Radio! After Party! Come and celebrate the closure of RCA2021 at Export Radio! Featuring DJ sets and performances from a freshly graduated RCA cohort! From 18:00 (GMT +1) on Saturday 3 July. 

There are still plenty of Events to get involved in the final days of RCA2021! Get involved and choose your events by filtering by day, subject and theme. 


Sam Chester's (MA Fashion) Sea_of_Information is a video utilising generative adversarial network (GAN) to produce a series of Ai generated masks, this plays over aerial video navigating a digital environment based on the seaside town of Hastings.

MA Curating Contemporary Art graduates Mahamed Abdullahi, Maria Abramenko, Liza-Rose Burton, Rodrigo Chaveiro, Matilde Silva Fry, Kahyun Lee and Ruby Yang worked to curate the multi-disciplinary artist Shenece Oretha's Possibilities. Watch the trailer for the work which was commissioned to respond to the ‘Playtimes’ collection within the British Library’s Sound Archive.

Find more projects which utilise sound by using the 'Sound Art tag'


Augmented Encounters I
Augmented Encounters I, Amalia Flarakou-Flari

Amalia Flarakou-Flari's (MA Print) work attempts to augment familiar experiences of urban public parks, by producing imagery that mimics and misrepresents everyday encounters and sight lines. Discover her unique perspective.

Watch Claudia Robalino's (MA ArchitectureTailoring Camouflage, which approaches the Ecuadorian amazon through the tenuous and intimate dialogues of body and earth, learning from self-sufficient practices of the Huaorani people.

Satellite Events: Don't forget that you can experience the graduate work in person at the satellite events - find out what is on and how you can book.

Missed a Spotlight? You can find past RCA2021 Spotlights here.