Royal College of Art Secret 2013

. March 17, 2013 . 0 Comments

Each year, the Royal College of Art asks professional artists and designers, plus up-and-coming art students and graduates to make and donate a postcard-sized piece of work, signed on the back to help fundraise for the RCA Fine Art Student Award Fund. Artists can paint, draw, sketch or even produce a 3-d sculpture as long as it’s postcard-sized.

Royal College of Art SecretThis year’s event will feature original works by renowned artists such as Paula Rego, Julian Opie, David Bailey, Christo and John Baldessari, Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park, film director Mike Leigh and from the world of fashion, Sir Paul Smith, Orla Kiely and Manolo Blahnik.

All postcards will be displayed anonymously for a week as part of the RCA Secret exhibition at the College’s new Dyson building in Battersea before going on sale for one day only to the public.

Each piece will be priced £45, regardless of whether it’s been made by a famous name or a young art student. Although it can help to know the different styles of the artists, it can be pure luck. Many collectors don’t realise whose work they have chosen until the sale day.

Wilhelmina Bunn, RCA Secret curator said, ‘We’re thrilled with the number and quality of postcards that have been sent to us this year. The breadth of artistic styles will make for a really stunning exhibition, with contributions by artists and designers from all walks of life displayed next to each other. At a time when arts education funding is being cut we’re even more grateful for this support, with donations helping the next generation of artists coming through the College.’

Potential collectors will be able to view all the postcards in person at the RCA in Battersea or on-line at www.rca.ac.uk/secret from 14 March. All postcards go on sale on Saturday 23 March on a first come, first served basis, with a maximum of four cards per person. There will also be a raffle for collectors to win a position in the first 50 places in the queue.

Category: Fine Art

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