RCA Secret returns with little works of art


RCA Secret, the Royal College of Art’s annual show and sale,  is back with over 2,000 works by some of the world’s most celebrated artists and designers, as well as by promising students from the College.

A staple since 1994, the eagerly awaited sale ups the ante by selling artworks anonymously at a flat price of £55. The identity of the artist is only revealed once sold.

Since previous contributors have included David Bailey, Peter Blake, Jake Chapman, Maggi Hambling, Thomas Heatherwick, Anish Kapoor, Steve McQueen, Grayson Perry, Zandra Rhodes and Yinka Shonibare - well, you can see what the fuss is about.


Although restricted to being postcard sized, every piece is an original artwork, produced with the same rigour as any other work by the maker. Subject matter and approaches vary widely, from photography and collage, to drawing, painting, and even sculpture and embroidery.

All profits go towards the RCA Student Award Fund, which helps emerging artists by funding scholarships to the College.

“The annual RCA Secret exhibition is a unique art-world moment when a small part of the global contemporary art market is made accessible to all,” says Dr Paul Thompson, Rector RCA. “Each year RCA Secret helps to provide opportunities to the emerging artists and designers of the future, who – as students – are often stretched to their limits financially.”

RCA Secret sponsored by Stewarts Law. September 9–15, 2017, 9am–6pm. Late openings 11 & 15 until 8pm. Royal College of Art, Dyson Building, 1 Hester Road, London SW11 4AN

Fancy buying a work of art? Images of all postcards in the exhibition will be released online from 9am on the RCA website, www.rca.ac.uk on Friday 8 September, 24 hours before the exhibition opens to the public.

In order to purchase a postcard, buyers must register on the RCA Secret website to obtain a buyer’s ID. Buyers will be able to purchase their chosen postcards throughout the exhibition from 9 to 15 September. Purchased postcards can be collected in person on the collection day, Saturday 16 September, or posted once the exhibition has closed.