Supporting the Stars of Tomorrow

The annual Stewarts Law RCA Secret 2016 public exhibition is set to open its doors on Friday 8 April. As the exhibition takes shape, excitement from within the College and beyond is mounting.

RCA Secret is a serendipitous event where the work of internationally renowned artists sits cheek by jowl with that of current Fine Art students, who in turn might go on to become the next generation of art-world luminaries. And ultimately, with all proceeds supporting the RCA Fund, the sale ensures that talented artists and designers of the future won’t miss their opportunity for an RCA education.   

Now in its 22nd year, many contributors who previously submitted to Secret as students have gone on to become highly regarded artists, including Turner Prize nominees Gillian Carnegie, George Shaw and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd.

As RCA Rector, Dr Paul Thompson, says, ‘the annual RCA Secret exhibition provides a rare art-world moment, when a small part of the global contemporary art market is made accessible to everyone’. For many, RCA Secret has become a highlight on the annual art calendar. This year, the exhibition and sale features nearly 2,000 fantastic postcards and visitors can look forward to enjoying a breadth of work and creativity at affordable prices.

Visitors can expect to find postcards by Grayson Perry, Peter Black, Alison Wilding, Steve McQueen, Anish Kapour, Damon Albarn, Rose Wylie, William Orbit, Pete Fowler, James Dyson, David Bailey, Zandra Rhodes and Theo Fennell all on display.

Every penny raised through RCA Secret goes directly to the RCA Fund, which supports students who would not otherwise be able to complete their studies at the College. The RCA Fund provides scholarships and bursaries to those creative individuals with the greatest potential who are hindered by financial hardship. Purchasing a postcard means buyers will not only pick up an artwork they love, but will also be supporting the artists and designers of the future. As one recipient of an RCA Fund bursary commented: ‘it has been extremely difficult to continue into postgraduate education as a student from a low-income background, and the Fund has quite literally allowed me to continue my studies’.