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Hidden 2021 launches online platform celebrating the creative work of RCA technical and non-academic staff

Launching today and live online for a whole year, HIDDEN is an annual exhibition celebrating the creative work of the technical and non academic staff at the Royal College of Art. 

Our technical and non-academic staff members have a wealth of knowledge and skill and are a hidden talent among the college. HIDDEN is an opportunity to showcase some of their most innovative creative work, which in previous years, has included jewellery and furniture design, painting and sculptures, handmade bespoke cars and interactive virtual reality work.

Jake McCombe, model with metal choker in mouth
Jake McCombe
In previous years HIDDEN has showcased well-known designers work from amongst our staff and this year is no exception. Artworks from contemporary jewellery designer Jake McCombe take inspiration from mathematical shapes and scientific symbols to create bold abstract wearable sculptures. His work has been stocked with some of London’s finest jewellery outlets.

Sara Hibbert’s (above) quiet, luminous images with a focus on still-life are a stand out in this years show. Having graduated from the RCA, Sara has an impressive client list including Cereal Magazine, The Modern House, Colour of Saying, HØLTE, Witlof, POND London, Design by Nature. HIDDEN 2021 will feature her new photography series Ghosts.

Oscar Eaton (left) is an award winning printmaker who works with multi layered collage and painting. Oscar has exhibited his work throughout the UK in group and solo shows as well as winning the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers Prize in 2017.

Jonna Saarinen (below) is a Finnish textile designer who specialises in colourful print design. Jonna creates large scale screen prints as well as designing her colourful homeware and stationery label. Jonna has worked for a wide range of clients including Nokia, LG, The Guardian, Celia Pym, Studio Emmi and Thorsten van Elten.

Jonna Saarinen print works on plates and paper
Jonna Saarinen

Explore the HIDDEN 2021 online platform.