London RCA Secret 2016

Snap up original postcard-sized artworks by new and internationally acclaimed artists.

Previous contributors

  • Yinka Shonibare
  • Paula Rego
  • John Baldessari
  • Orla Kiely
  • David Bailey
  • Jeremy Deller
  • Frank Bowling
  • Angela De La Cruz
  • Grayson Perry
  • Jarvis Cocker
  • Annette Messager
  • Richard Long
  • Zandra Rhodes
  • Ryan Gander
  • Mimmo Paladino
  • Zaha Hadid
  • Christopher Bailey
  • Paul Smith
  • Katy Moran
  • Thomas Hirschhorn

Secret Postcards

Postcards from RCA Secret 2014

How it works

Stewarts Law RCA Secret is an exhibition and sale of original postcard-sized artworks, by internationally acclaimed artists plus up-and-coming graduates from the Royal College of Art.

It's a chance to get your hands on original works of art for a tiny price, while supporting students at a formative time in their careers. Each postcard in Stewarts Law RCA Secret is signed only on the back, so collectors don't know the identity of the artists until they have made their purchases.

  • 1 Browse the postcards

    Visit RCA Secret and find the postcards you like the most. The exhibition is open for viewing only on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 April.

  • 2 Register as a Secret buyer

    Buyers must have registered on the website and have a buyer’s ID.

  • 3 Buy your favourites

    You can buy your favourite cards from Sunday 10 to Friday 15 April, and this year we'll be adding new cards during the sale. Buyers can collect their cards on Saturday.

  • 4 Discover the secret

    When you buy your card, we'll tell you the name of the artist. After the sale closes, the artists’ names are revealed online beside each card – the whole secret is revealed.

Get to the front of the queue

The exhibition opens to buyers on Sunday 10 April. There will be more chances for collectors to snap up the cards they love, as we will add new cards throughout the week.

FAQs

  • Can I view the postcards without visiting the Kensington exhibition?

    Yes, they will be available to view on this site when the exhibition opens in the RCA's Kensington galleries.

  • How will I know when new cards are added to the exhibition?

    The cards are numbered sequentially, and new cards will be added on specific days, so you'll see the new numbered cards appearing in the exhibition and on the website.

  • When I get into the exhibition, how do I buy my postcards?

    When you've found your favourite postcards, go to the cash desk and give the cashier your buyer's ID and the card numbers. It's best to prepare a nice long list, just in case someone else snaps up the one you love before you get there.

  • Will I get an invitation to the exhibition with a reminder of my buyer's ID?

    We're not sending paper invitations this year (in deference to our friends the trees), so make sure you register, or log in to remind yourself of your buyer's ID, before you come to the sale.

  • Do I need to register to buy a postcard?

    Yes, you will need to register for a buyer's ID number to purchase a card, in advance of the sale. Registering is easy — just click the link at the top of this page. If you're already registered, you can check your buyer's ID by going to your account.

  • How many cards can I buy?

    We want as many people as possible to go away with a postcard they love, so the maximum number each collector can buy is four.

  • How will I know if a postcard in the exhibition is already sold?

    Sold postcards will be marked with red dots by the gallery assistants. For collectors waiting to be served at the cash desks downstairs, there are live updates on display screens.

  • Were there any famous names in 2015's event?

    It's a veritable Who's Who! Grayson Perry, Yinka Shonibare, Paula Rego, John Baldessari, David Bailey, Paula Rego, Ryan Gander, Margaret Calvert and Richard Long all made special works for us, as well as architect Zaha Hadid, fashion designers Christopher Bailey and Sir Paul Smith.

  • How do I make a selection of my favourite postcards on the website?

    The postcards appear on the website when the exhibition opens. You must be registered with RCA Secret and have a buyer's ID before you can save your favourite postcards. Registering is easy — just click the link at the top of this page. Once you're logged in, click on a postcard you like, and you'll be invited to 'Favourite' it. If you change your mind, you can 'Remove from favourites' in the same way. To view all your favourites, go to the FAVOURITES tab above the postcards.

  • Can I pay by card?

    You can, but there's a small surcharge for credit and debit cards (and Amex is not accepted). Cash is also accepted of course, and helps to speed up the transaction that little bit. Remember, the proceeds from Stewarts Law RCA Secret go directly to support future students at the RCA.

  • How do I collect my cards?

    All buyers can collect on Saturday 16 April from 9am to 5pm. If you can't collect your cards for any reason, let us know at the cash desk and we'll arrange to post them out to you. (Royal Mail Recorded Delivery rates will apply.)

  • What if I change my mind after I've bought my card?

    We regret that we cannot exchange cards. Once the secret is out, the card is yours to keep!

  • Why is it called Stewarts Law RCA Secret?

    Law firm Stewarts Law kindly supports RCA Secret, so we can give as much of the postcard sale proceeds as possible to support students at the Royal College of Art.