Royal College of Art Show 2018

In June 2018, close to 900 UK and international students from MA, MPhil and PhD programmes will exhibit prototypes, designs, artworks and world-leading research from the fields of architecture, art, communication, design and humanities at the three RCA campuses and selected locations in London. Visitors to Show 2018 will encounter pioneering artworks, critical interventions, advances in artificial intelligence, designs for space exploration and the latest in synthetic biotechnology. 

On 14 and 15 June RCA Fashion will present ‘A walk without a cat’ at 180 The Strand. This unique, experimental, and immersive event will expand and redefine expectations of fashion. In a characteristically brave presentation, Fashion Menswear and Fashion Womenswear students will show their graduate collections through performance, installations, music and choreography across two evenings.

From 23 June to 1 July, Show 2018 will be open to the public in four locations: Battersea, Kensington, Lambeth and White City. The dynamic identity for Show 2018, based on machine-generated type, has been designed by Regular Practice, a graphic design studio established by Tom Finn and Kristoffer Soelling who both graduated from MA Visual Communication at the RCA in 2017.

The School of Communication Show will take place at White City Place. Here graduating students from Animation, Information Experience Design and Visual Communication will present projects that explore the frontiers of virtual reality, sound, moving image, animation, graphic design, illustration, digital design, post-digital spaces and beyond. 

The School of Architecture will inhabit The Workshop, a former fire engine garage in Lambeth. Here Architecture, Interior Design and MPhil and PhD student work will tackle important societal issues such as ageing populations, social movements, ecology and climate change. The students’ projects will present potential solutions to problems based on real-life case studies.

At the College’s Kensington campus, the School of Design will showcase work from MA Design Products, Global Innovation Design, Innovation Design Engineering, Service DesignTextilesand Vehicle Design, as well as MRes Healthcare & Design. From game-changing smart fabrics to third-wave automotives, robotics, AI and design-led approaches to computing science and big data, this diverse exhibition will premier work by designers at the forefront of innovation.

At Kensington, visitors will also be able to see work from the MA Sculpture programme, along with research projects from Arts & Humanities MPhil and PhD students. Highlights include an evocative, cinematic dreamscape made by re-editing and augmenting a Hollywood classic and a large-scale kinetic sculpture that visitors activate via a crank to move life-size human legs in a spiralling, mesmerising pattern.

In Battersea the Ceramics & GlassContemporary Art PracticeJewellery & MetalPaintingPhotographyPrintV&A/RCA History of Design and Critical Writing in Art & Design programmes from the  School of Arts & Humanities will be exhibiting. 

A huge array of international talent will be on display, from makers who have spent two years becoming fluent with the traditions of their field and innovating new approaches with digital technologies to painters engaged in the durational act of the medium, photographers questioning the image as much as it questions them, and printers invested in the stuff of the world and the bodies that inhabit it. Critical Writing in Art & Design students will present personal projects alongside their collaborative publication and an installation from V&A/RCA History of Design students will invite visitors to explore the individual physical experience of undertaking research.

The graduate shows in June follow on from the success of the four Curating Contemporary Art projects, which demonstrated the diverse and dynamic approaches to the discipline as practised and defined at the RCA. Working in collaboration with the Design Museum, Gasworks, LUX and property developers Stanhope, the projects ranged from a public art commission at the redeveloped Television Centre in White City, to a series of radio broadcasts on Resonance FM, an evolving exhibition in the Dyson gallery in Battersea, and a symposium at the Design Museum.

Plan your visit: see Show 2018 opening times and locations here.