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The Royal College of Art Presents Show 2017

RCA, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU (preview: 22 June)
RCA, Battersea, Howie Street, London SW11 4AS (preview: 23 June)
25 June – 2 July (closed 30 June), 12-8pm daily. Free admission.

The Royal College of Art, the world’s number one art and design university, announces details of its eagerly awaited annual graduate exhibition – Show 2017. From 25 June – 2 July 2017 the RCA’s Battersea and Kensington campuses will be filled with displays, shows and performances as the next generation of artists, designers and makers present their artwork, projects and products to the public for the first time.

Characterised by entrepreneurial energy, passion and dynamism, Show 2017 is an inspiring exhibition of contemporary art and design by the RCA’s international community. Spanning an expansive variety of creative disciplines, from Fine Art, Ceramics and Textiles, to Vehicle Design, Architecture and Communication – visitors will discover the best in emerging research and practice, formal advancements and new modes of expression from the RCA’s MA, MPhil and PhD students.

Entry to the exhibitions is free, with some paintings, prints, sculptures, glassware, jewellery, furniture and textiles available for sale or commission. A shuttle-bus between the Kensington and Battersea sites enables visitors to explore the full spectrum of the RCA’s creative output.

The School of Architecture and Fashion will each present off-site in respective central London locations. This marks the first year that Architecture will exhibit away from the College, whilst the Fashion Show builds on the momentum of last year’s Show that took place in an abandoned London hotel. Further details of the Architecture and Fashion Shows will be announced shortly.

The RCA trains the world’s creative leaders. The 2017 cohort follows in the footsteps of creative giants that include David Adjaye, Lara Bohinc, Ian Callum, Gillian Carnegie, James Dyson, Tracey Emin, Erdem, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Sheela Gowda, Anthea Hamilton, Thomas Heatherwick, David Hockney, Runa Islam, Asif Kapadia, Orla Kiely, Chris Ofili, George Shaw, Alice Temperley and Cerith Wyn Evans.


School of Design – Design Products, Global Innovation Design, Innovation Design Engineering, Service Design and Vehicle Design

School of Material – Textiles 

School of Humanities – Critical Writing in Art & Design, Curating Contemporary Art and History of Design

School of Communication –Animation, Information Experience Design and Visual Communication


School of Fine Art – Contemporary Art Practice, Painting, Print, Photography and Sculpture

School of Material –Ceramics and Glass and Jewellery & Metal


School of Architecture – Architecture and Interior Design

School of Material – Fashion Show.


For further information or images please contact Bethany Bull, RCA Press Office on t: +44 (0) 20 7590 4114, e: [email protected], or [email protected]

Notes to Editors

The Royal College of Art is the world’s leading university of art and design, placing at Number One in the 2017, 2016 and 2015 QS World University Rankings. Specialising in teaching and research, the RCA offers the degrees of MA, MPhil, MRes and PhD across the disciplines of applied art, fine art, design, communications and humanities. There are over 1,500 Master’s and doctoral students and more than 1,000 professionals interacting with them – including scholars, art and design practitioners, along with specialists, advisers and distinguished visitors.

Shuttle Bus
A daily shuttle bus between Kensington (Jay Mews) and Battersea (Dyson Building, Howie Street) from noon until 7.30pm departing every 30 minutes, on the hour and half past the hour.