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Stewarts RCA Secret: London’s Original Postcard Exhibition Returns

From 30 November until 3 December 2018 over 1,800 postcard-sized original artworks will be on display at the College’s Kensington campus. The annual fundraising exhibition offers the unique opportunity to own original artworks by some of today’s greatest artists and designers with each small-scale masterpiece available for a minimum donation of £60. The only catch, or perhaps what makes Stewarts RCA Secret so appealing, is that all postcards are displayed anonymously.

In the past contributors to the exhibition have included renowned alumni and friends of the College including Christopher Bailey, David Bailey, Sir James Dyson, Tracey Emin, Norman Foster, Thomas Heatherwick, Anish Kapoor, Mike Leigh, Steve McQueen, Grayson Perry, Zandra Rhodes, Sir Paul Smith and Yinka Shonibare. Current students and recent alumni are also invited to contribute to the exhibition, offering the chance to view and own works by the art and design stars of the future.

A huge range of approaches, subjects and mediums feature in the exhibition, demonstrating the creativity, ingenuity and innovation of RCA students, staff, graduates and friends. From photography and collage, to drawing, painting, and even sculpture and embroidery – the works on display offer something for all tastes, with the only requirement being that all artworks have to be postcard sized. Confirmed contributors this year include Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park; contemporary artist Bob and Roberta Smith; and painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling.

Stewarts RCA Secret was established in 1994 and is London’s original postcard exhibition. All proceeds from the annual event go towards the RCA Fund. This vital support enables the College to offer bursaries to students who would not otherwise be able to attend the RCA and benefit from its world-leading education. Through the support of the public, Stewarts RCA Secret enables the College to provide transformational experiences to talented individuals regardless of their background or financial circumstances and foster the next generation of RCA graduates at a formative time in their careers.

Images of all postcards in the exhibition will be released online from 9am on Thursday 29 November, 24 hours before the exhibition opens to the public. Stewarts RCA Secret will then be open for viewing from Friday 30 November at 12pm. Supporters will have the opportunity to purchase their postcards from Saturday 1 December to Monday 3 December.

In order to purchase a postcard, supporters must register on the RCA Secret website to obtain a buyer’s ID. Buyers will be able to purchase their chosen postcards, initially capped at four per buyer, throughout the exhibition from 1 to 3 December. On the last day of the exhibition, everyone will be welcome to come back and choose unlimited postcards. 

Purchased postcards can be collected in person on the collection day, Thursday 6 December, or posted once the exhibition has closed.

Stewarts RCA Secret 2018
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU
Exhibition & postcard selection: Saturday 1 December 12–6pm; Sunday 2 and Monday 3 December 10am–6pm
Collection day: Thursday 6 December from 4–8pm
Viewing day: Friday 30 November from 12–7pm 

Stewarts LLP is proud to sponsor the RCA Secret exhibition. Stewarts is one of the UK's leading litigation law firms. They have built a strong reputation for innovative and ground breaking dispute practice.