SustainRCA Show & Awards 2015 – Call for Entries

The SustainRCA Show & Awards is calling for entries for its 2015 edition. We’re looking for work from graduating fine art, design, architecture, humanities and material masters and research students that addresses resource, waste, equality or biodiversity issues with social and environmental dimensions. Be it sustainable design, ecological art, design futures, upcycling, circular economy, humanitarian architecture, green innovation and social enterprise, we’re looking for work that seeks to inspire others about the possibilities around sustainability, to create this unique exhibition celebrating creative, cultural and critical responses to some of the world’s most pressing issues.

This year will be the fifth year of the show, which has been growing since 2011. The aim is to showcase outstanding socially and environmentally themed work from graduating Royal College of Art students during the London Design Festival. Previous years have celebrated projects exploring a broad range of topics including community energy, waterless sanitation, circular economy and the role of synthetic biology in food security. The show explores a spectrum of sustainability, seeking to understand the resource, materials and waste issues facing the world, and find ways do more with less with smarter, systems-thinking. Put together, the breadth of disciplines and projects create an exciting vision of the critical thinking, ideas, prototypes, services and models for a positive, equitable and socially empowered future. 


Application deadline: Friday, 5 June 2015.

Read about last year’s show winners in Collectively  and Design Week 

Note: Please do not send your applications by email or in person. We will only consider applications via the above form. You may apply with more than one project by filling in a separate form for each project. 

  • If you are shortlisted for the Sustain Show, a panel of judges will come to see your work and interview you during the final show in June. Selected entries will be put forward to take part in the SustainRCA Show & Awards.
  • Selected work will be shown at the Sustain Show at the RCA in Kensington during the London Design Festival in September. Four category winners will be announced at the Private View on 17 September. 
  • You can see previous shows on the Sustain RCA website
  • If you are interested in a tutorial with a member of the SustainRCA team, please email Lizzie Harrison.