Show 2017

24 June – 2 July 2016, 12–8pm daily (closed Friday 30 June)

The annual graduate shows will take place simultaneously across the College’s two sites in Battersea and Kensington, with the School of Architecture exhibiting in Lambeth. Show 2017 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 800 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 Communication  – Animation, Information Experience Design, Visual Communication
School of Design – Design Interactions, Design Products, Global Innovation Design, Innovation Design Engineering, Service Design, Vehicle Design
School of Humanities – Critical Writing in Art & Design, Curating Contemporary Art, V&A/RCA History of Design
School of Material – Textiles

RCA Battersea
School of Fine Art – Contemporary Art Practice, Painting, Photography, Print, Sculpture
School of Material – Ceramics & Glass, Jewellery & Metal, 

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
The Show sales and information point, Dyson Building, Battersea, and the information desk, Darwin Building, Kensington, are open daily 12 noon – 8pm. 

Show RCA 2017 digital catalogue

The Show 2017 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 ‘Show2017’ wireless network, from laptop or mobile devices. Password: show@rca

Open Day: 24 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.

To register, and for more information and specific times and events for each programme, see College-wide Open Day.


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 2017's visual identity and 2D design.

Royal College of Art