SustainRCA Show & Awards

The SustainRCA Show & Awards 2015 runs daily from 18 September 2015 to 2 October, 11am – 5pm. Admission is free. To view the 2015 online catalogue, click here. Read on to find out more about the SustainRCA Show and Awards. 

The annual SustainRCA Show & Awards celebrates outstanding socially or environmentally themed work from Royal College of Art graduates. Held during the London Design Festival, this specially curated exhibition forms an exciting vision of positivity, possibility, and potential for new social, environmental and economic paradigms. During their Master’s, RCA students are supported, inspired and mentored through SustainRCA’s dedicated student programme of tutorials, talks, workshops, specialist resources and access to a professional sustainability network. 

Graduating students can apply to be part of the SustainRCA Show & Awards during their graduate show and are shortlisted through an interview process with SustainRCA in late June. The four category winners are judged by a group of academics and experts, announced at an awards ceremony in September. Projects are considered on considerations including: background research, understanding of the topic, relevance and appropriateness of the solution for the problem, quality of solution, quality of execution, aesthetics/creativity and the sustainability and use of materials/resources. 


Moving Minds confronts uncomfortable realities with new thinking or challenges the viewer to move beyond the rationale of information. 

Solutions for Society propose prototypes, models, systems and services whereby society can be fairer, more ethical and sustainable.

Inspired Products captivate the imagination, or address the realities of industrial manufacturing through alternative materials, resource use or systems thinking.

Visionary Processes radically reduce environmental impact, stimulate innovation, foster new skills, or make production better by having positive impact or promoting self-sufficiency.

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SustainRCA Show & Awards