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RCA2020 Spotlight: 31 July

Today marks the official final day of RCA2020, though the site will be accessible for a few more weeks. Over the past 16 days visitors have discovered the work of 836 students, participated in over 300 global events, and had the opportunity to dive into 115 collections of student work curated by leading lights from the creative industries.

Wherever you are, join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our 2020 graduates on RCA2020 for one more day, explore and immerse yourself in the work – and thinking – of the world's most talented emerging artists and designers.

Explore the graduate work by School:  

Architecture              Arts and Humanities                Communication               Design


Mandy Franca's ‘It’s six minutes to five somewhere’ - Part 2
‘It’s six minutes to five somewhere’ - Part 2, Mandy Franca 2020

Victor Wang’s, Artistic Director and Chief Curator of the M WOODS museums in Beijing, cross-college collection I Graduated From My Bedroom.Through this collection he reminds us that in these exceptional circumstances behind each digital student profile in the show there exists a human on the other side of the screen who still believes in art.

Look Closer at the work of the School of Communication PhD candidates. Curated by Dr Laurene Vaughan, Professor of Design at RMIT University. This collection focuses on the way the work of these researchers invites us to look closer at the world of our inhabitation and making in incredibly diverse ways. 

Head to RCA2020 Collections to view some of the collections you may have missed. 


Printed dress and pleated top — Left Image : Screen printed and coral pleated dress Right Image : Fuchsia Crystal pleated dress with a pool noodle
Printed dress and pleated top — Left Image : Screen printed and coral pleated dress. Right Image : Fuchsia Crystal pleated dress with a pool noodle, Andrew Culloo 2020

In his graduate collection, Art Darlings, Andrew Culloo (MA Fashion Womenswear) channels the energy of the unconventional women drawn to the worlds of art and fashion.  

Pengpeng Chen’s (MA Print) graduate projects are an embodiment of her attempt to find a fine balance among intangible artistic perception, tangible materiality, a rational art-making method, and an irrational making process; find her amazing prints here.

Dansiyu Zhu (MA Illustration) focuses on the survival dilemmas of women and queers in her graduate works, a dual narrative system composed of positive images and negative text to achieve the symbiosis of utopia and dystopia in a single narrative.


Questioning how design can play a more active role in the processes of activism, ‘MONEY TRAP — This is a Heist’ is a film by Justin Bean (MA Architecture).

Watch Airtomo, a project from Kevin Chiam (MA Innovation Design Engineering), in action. Harnessing the power of water to clean polluted air this innovative system needs to be seen to be fully fathomed. 


Archiving as a Form of Resistance
Archiving as a Form of Resistance

Make the most of the last day of RCA2020 by joining in for some of the final RCA2020 Events

At 2pm BST join a Contemporary Art Practice talk about Archiving as a Form of Resistance, presented as an audio broadcast (to avoid the zoom fatigue!) This talk is the last in a series which broaches how certain practices or approaches to art can in themselves be seen as forms of resistance.

At 6pm BST join the School of Architecture for the last of the Meet the Designer series. Meet MA Interior Design graduate Adalberto Lonardi

on Zoom where he will be answering questions about his practice, works in progress and future plans.

Check out previous editions of RCA2020 Spotlight here