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Seasonal Cheer and Creative Festive Gifts at the Royal College of Art Christmas Fête 2019

Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2EU

Open to the public: Friday 6 December, 12–8pm Saturday 7 December & Sunday 8 December, 12–6pm

Private view: Thursday 5 December, 6–9pm

In keeping with tradition, between the 6–8 December, artists and designers from the Royal College of Art (RCA) welcome everyone  to the annual RCA Christmas Fête to experience creativity and craftsmanship.

With the unique designs and technical skill you’d expect from the RCA, the Christmas Fête offers the rare opportunity to gather artfully created Christmas presents directly from independent artists and designers. All profits go directly to the makers, offering a chance to meet the practitioners driving forward the aesthetics of today, and support the next generation of RCA talent. 

Expect to find the most gift-worthy homewares, cards, jewellery, ceramics, hand-blown glass, decorations, print and artworks from an array of talented weavers, ceramists, jewelers, print-makers, product-designers, painters and illustrators. Students are at the heart of this event and they relish the opportunity to share their work and ideas with a wider audience.  

Aleks Stanek, Co-president of the RCA Students' Union, said: 
‘We're super excited to have the Christmas Fête back again this year! It's a really great opportunity for students to show off what they’ve been up to for the first term and to make a bit of cash before Christmas’.


Highlights include:

Laser-cut and engraved wooden ornaments, each individually hand-painted inspired by theatrical sets and trompe l’oeil techniques, by Sarah Mercer

Karl-Peter Penke will be selling artist proofs of his etchings – perfect for a Secret Santa or Christmas present and affordable editioned prints – the artist will be there to chat about his work and the printmaking process

Brightly coloured geometric forms set off against one another, creating rhythmic and sometimes optical patterns inspired by the architectural history (mainly Art Deco metalwork) of Kypseli, a central district in Athens in the form of screen-prints, tote-bags and zines, created by Eleanor Lines

Discover the stunning collection of handmade jewellery and home decoration - rings, pendants, earrings, candle holders, vases and Christmas tree decorations by Yoojung Kim

Illustration student, Flyingpig, is an artist who has been sketching around the city and her illustrations reflect the city and community 

Browse student, Liina Lember's, work, where she illustrate nature, plants and abstract shapes, as well as animals with personality

Three first year MA Ceramics & Glass students with experience in glass blowing, fusing, lamp-working and casting will share a stall – Caroline Reed is influenced by the North Cornish coast, tidal rhythms and rock pools and Yuxi is inspired by traditional Asian tableware while Wai Yan specialises in both blown glass, and glass and metalwork jewellery. 

For further information or images please contact RCA Communications and Marketing Department t: +44 (0) 20 7590 4114, e: [email protected]