Show 2016

26 June – 3 July 2016, 12–8pm daily (closed Friday 1 July)

The annual graduate shows will take place simultaneously across the College’s two campuses in Battersea and Kensington. Show 2016 offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience the very best of emerging contemporary art and design practice from all the RCA's taught MA programmes. Over 575 art and design postgraduate students will exhibit work of exceptional quality, imagination and technical skill. The exhibitions are free, with much of the work for sale or commission – ranging from paintings to prints, glassware to jewellery and furniture to textiles.

RCA Kensington
School of Architecture – Architecture, Interior Design
School of Communication  – Animation, Information Experience Design, Visual Communication
School of Design – Design Interactions, Design Products, Global Innovation Design, Innovation Design Engineering, Service Design, Vehicle Design

RCA Battersea
School of Fine Art – Moving Image, Painting, Performance, Photography, Print, Sculpture
School of Material – Ceramics & Glass, Jewellery & Metal, Textiles
School of Humanities – Critical & Historical Studies, Critical Writing in Art & Design, Curating Contemporary Art, V&A/RCA History of Design

Shuttle bus

There is a half-hourly shuttle bus running between Battersea and Kensington, leaving from Woo Building entrance, Howie Street, Battersea and Darwin Building Jay Mews entrance, Kensington.

Sales, information and shop
The Show sales and information point, Dyson Building, Battersea, and the information desk, Darwin Building, Kensington, are open daily 12 noon – 8pm. Download a price list of Fine Art work for sale here (PDF). 

The Show Shop is located in the Jay Mews entrance to the Darwin Building, Kensington, and is open during the following hours: 

Sunday 26 June, 2–8pm
Monday 27 June, 2–8pm
Tuesday 28 June, CLOSED
Wednesday 29 June, 2–8pm
Thursday 30 June, 2–8pm
Saturday 2 July, 2–8pm
Sunday 3 July, 2–8pm

Show RCA 2016 digital catalogue
The Show 2016 digital catalogue is now live, featuring graduates’ images, videos, texts and contact details, as well as maps that locate every student in the gallery spaces. Exhibition captions include short URLs, which link directly to students’ online profiles, for further information and networking.

Wi-Fi access
Free Wi-Fi is available to guests, using the ‘Show2016’ wireless network, from laptop or mobile devices. Password: show@rca

Open Day: 25 June 2016

A College-wide open day is offered to prospective students during the Show, to allow an insight into programmes, studio spaces and facilities alongside the work of this year's graduating students.

For more information and specific times and events for each programme, see Open Days.


The RCA fosters experimentation, enterprise and research, accelerating highly creative individuals. This would not be possible without the support of countless individuals, organisations and foundations, to whom we offer our sincere thanks. 

We would particularly like to thank alumni Antonio Bertossi and Esa Matinvesi (both MA Visual Communication, 2014), for Show 2016's visual identity and 2D design.

Royal College of Art