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RCA2023: Battersea & Kensington

1. Discover a dynamic cohort of students

RCA2023 at Battersea & Kensington

The RCA is the world’s leading art and design postgraduate university. Visit RCA2023: RCA Battersea & Kensington to discover why.

Over 1,300 students from the Schools of Architecture, Arts & Humanities, Communication and Design and the Intelligent Mobility Design Centre will present their work – offering a unique insight into the ideas, methods and practices that are explored and nurtured at the RCA.

Across two sites, the exhibitions and events provide exclusive access to the latest makers, thinkers, designers, artists, innovators and creators from around the world. Explore our campus and discover a dynamic new generation.

2. Participate in live events

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Over the course of four days, live events will take place across Kensington and Battersea. These events provide a unique opportunity to hear first hand from the artists and designers of the future. Take a deep dive into the ideas and processes behind student’s work, as they share, present, and challenge through their research and creations.

Take part in *[fragment of babel]*, a workshop by MA Information Experience Design student Yun Hyeong Park where you can translate your handiwork from written formats into visually captivating 2D and 3D forms, harnessing the potential of AI.

Drop-in on performances, talks and workshops from MA Textiles and MA Fashion. This includes a presentation of short films from MA Fashion students providing an introduction to their design languages, processes and practices.

Watch ‘Print Out’ a student-led event which showcases the achievements of this year’s graduating MA Print students, while engaging with invited guests on important topics.

3. Uncover real world solutions

Nodes of Collective Resistance

Addressing pressing global challenges through art and design practice is at the core of many students' work at the RCA. From the climate crisis to social division and polarising politics, the power of art and design to create change is not underestimated by our students.

Read Failing Teenagers, the emotional publication by MA Visual Communication student Hannah Waterman, which seeks to humanise the headlines behind the teenage mental health crisis in England.

Encounter Nodes of Collective Resistance, an installation by MA Environmental Architecture students Jack Sieber and Geraldine Meneses Ortiz which explores participatory climate adaptation by using community partnerships and social commoning to mitigate wildfires and build ecological resilience.

Listen to Crossings, a site-specific sound design piece by MA Information Experience Design student Kate Milligan which examines cultures of passage on the English Channel/La Manche, highlighting the saturation and leakiness of public discourse around migration.

4. Encounter works that push the boundaries of materials and media

Breathing Landscape, Dancers in Motion

Our students are innovators. Whether working with materials with long histories, such as textiles or ceramics and glass, or taking on the newest technologies, from immersive media to AI, students at the RCA push the boundaries of their chosen media to create new and surprising encounters.

View MA Ceramics & Glass student Juliet Ferguson-Rose’s sculptures that use the language of clay to reveal the human need to create, preserve and remember.

Interact with MA Design Products student Jack Lee’s installation The Dots, which fuses art and technology to create mesmerising visual effects in response to viewers’ proximity.

Experience a moment of pause, contemplation and sensory engagement through MA Textiles student Linnéa Duckworth’s installation which conveys the joy of connection between our bodies and the earth.

5. Learn from bold new perspectives

The Onboarding

The dynamic cross disciplinary environment at the RCA fosters new approaches and perspectives. Our students spend time developing their voice and defining the conversation to which they’ll contribute. Whether making work about personal identity or national narratives, their work shows the enduring value of learning from new encounters.

Discover MA Fashion student Shanice Palmer’s A NEW NARRATIVE which utilises storytelling to shape the future of the black experience, particularly concerning notions of luxury, wealth and identity.

Become immersed in MA Animation student Tamir Aharoni’s interactive satire, The Onboarding, exploring the absurdities of contemporary corporate culture.

Encounter MA Print student Euan Evans’s objects that represent the artist's home in Cornwall and the artefacts his parents collected and excavated from past communities in the area.

Visit RCA2023: RCA Battersea & Kensington

RCA2023: RCA Battersea & Kensington is open to the public 30 June to 3 July, from 12–6pm daily, with a late opening on Friday 30 June until 7.30pm.

Full details of participating programmes and where to find us

Discover RCA2023 online

Work from all participating students can be found online.

Visit our online digital discovery platform.