Celebrate the Arrival of Spring at the RCA Easter Fair

The Royal College of Art Students’ Union’s inaugural Easter Fair will take place in the Dyson Gallery at the Battersea campus from 23 to 25 March. Open to the public from 12–8pm, the Fair offers the opportunity to meet the makers of bespoke and innovative art and design – as well as to purchase their creations.

Current students and recent graduates will be showcasing and selling an eclectic selection of design-led objects and unique artworks, with all earnings from the event going directly to the makers. The Easter Fair builds on the success of the RCA Christmas Fêtes, which offered students the chance to promote their wares to peers across the College, local residents and the wider community.

Over the weekend, the RCA’s Dyson Gallery will be filled with a range of design-led products, including cards, stationery, jewellery, illustrations, zines, limited-edition prints and one-off artworks. The range of work on offer reflects the diversity of creativity at the RCA, with something to suit all tastes and budgets.

‘The Easter Fair provides a showcase for work, other than an exhibition or gallery setting,’ explained Co-President of the Students’ Union Benji Jeffrey. ‘It offers students an opportunity to test the ground with more experimental work, or try out the commercial viability of ideas on a small scale. It’s also great for networking: internally it’s a way for students to find future collaborators interested in similar things, and externally they can share work with the general public and professionals we invite from ceramics and jewellery studios and art galleries.’

Highlights of the work on offer include playful hand-painted ceramic plates by Animation student Gabriella Marsh, which depict short animated loops broken down frame by frame around the plates’ perimeters. Hand-built Ceramics will be on offer from Melina Xenaki, who graduated from Ceramics & Glass in 2014, as well as utilitarian ceramic objects from current MA Design Products student Hristiyan Pavlou.

A group of three Jewellery & Metal students – Ting Deng, Shiqi Li and Puyu Liang – will be selling playful jewellery, that experiments with materials, colours and 3D technology, and explores ideas of body contact. Notebooks, lino and litho prints, and small paintings will be available from Visual Communication student Beau Gabriel, whose work draws on both art historical themes and the whimsy of daily life.

Parents and children of all ages are invited to join a family event on the afternoon of Sunday 25 March from 2–6pm with hands-on, Easter-themed activities led by students that celebrate creativity. There will also be a book sale, organised by the Students’ Union to raise money for The Katherine Low Settlement, a charity dedicated to tackling poverty and building stronger communities that has been serving the communities of Battersea and the wider Wandsworth community since 1924.

The visual identity for the Easter Fair has been designed by Animation student Mariya Ilieva. Her colourful illustrations and hand-drawn text capture the community spirit and atmosphere of the Fair.

The RCA Easter Fair 2018

The Royal College of Art, Battersea, Dyson Building, 1 Hester Rd, SW11 4AN
Friday 23 – Sunday 25 March 12–8pm
Family Afternoon: Sunday 25 March 2–6pm