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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 Bethany Bull, RCA Press Office on t: +44 (0) 20 7590 4114, e: [email protected], e: [email protected]

Notes to Editors

About the RCA:

The Royal College of Art, the internationally renowned art and design university, provides students with unrivalled opportunities to deliver art and design projects that transform the world.

A small, specialist and research-intensive postgraduate university based in the heart of London, the RCA is a high performing institution, a radical traditionalist in a fast paced world.

The RCA's approach is founded on the premise that art, design creative thinking, science, engineering and technology must all collaborate to solve today's global challenges.

The College employs around 1000 professionals from around the world – professors, researchers, art and design practitioners, advisers and visiting lecturers – to teach and develop students in 30 academic programmes.

RCA students are exposed to new knowledge in a way that encourages them to experiment. Working across scientific and technical canvases and beyond set boundaries, RCA students seek to solve real-world problems.

The RCA runs joint courses with Imperial College London and the Victoria & Albert Museum. InnovationRCA, the College's centre for enterprise, entrepreneurship, incubation and business support, has helped over 50 RCA business ideas become a reality that has led to the creation of over 600 UK jobs.

The RCA recently launched GenerationRCA which will propel the College's radical new academic vision by focusing on three key pillars: ‘Place, Projects and People’. This programme will see the RCA transform its campuses and the ways in which the university teaches, researches and creates. It includes the construction of the Herzog & de Meuron-design flagship building in Battersea and introduction of future programmes centres on nano and soft robotics, computer science and machine learning, materials science and the circular economy. 

Alumni include David Adjaye, Christopher Bailey, David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Thomas Heatherwick, Lubaina Himid, Clare Waight Keller and Rose Wylie.