London RCA Secret 2017
Snap up original postcard-sized artworks by new and internationally acclaimed artists, illustrators and designers. Funds from all sales directly support RCA students.
- YINKA SHONIBARE
- PAULA REGO
- DAVID BOWIE
- GRAYSON PERRY
- TRACEY EMIN
- SIR JAMES DYSON
- MIKE LEIGH
- DAVID BAILEY
- JARVIS COCKER
- MIMMO PALADINO
- ORLA KIELY
- PAUL SMITH
- CHRISTOPHER BAILEY
- ZANDRA RHODES
- JOHN SQUIRE
- DAME ZAHA HADID
How it works
Stewarts Law RCA Secret is a fundraising exhibition and sale of original postcard-sized artworks by internationally acclaimed artists, illustrators and designers plus up-and-coming graduates and students from the Royal College of Art.
All proceeds go to the RCA Fund, which provides scholarships and bursaries for students who need financial support to help them complete their studies at the RCA. So not only is RCA Secret a chance to get your hands on original works of art for a tiny price, but you’ll also be supporting students at a formative time in their careers. The Secret? Each postcard is signed only on the back, so collectors don’t know the identity of the artists until they have made their purchases.
1 Register as a Secret buyer
You must have registered on the website and have a buyer’s ID in order to make a purchase at the exhibition.
2 Browse the postcards
Images of all postcards in the exhibition will be released online on from 9am on Friday 8 September, 24 hours before RCA Secret opens to the public.
3 Buy your favourites
You can buy your favourite cards at the exhibition from Saturday 9 to Friday 15 September and collect your cards on Saturday 16 September (or have them delivered).
4 Discover the secret
Chose to find out your artist’s name after purchase or wait until collection. Once the sale closes all artists’ names are revealed online alongside their card, and the secret is revealed!
Get to the front of the queue
The sale is open to collectors from the start of the exhibition in 2017, so you will be able to buy postcards from the opening on Saturday 9 September. Sales run through to Friday 15 September, so there will be plenty of chances to come and snap up the card you love during the week.
Yes, they will be available to view on this site from 9am on Friday 8 September.
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.
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.
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-right of this page. If you're already registered, you can check your buyer's ID and update your personal details by going to your account.
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.
Once again this year, we ran the ever-popular raffle – to give collectors a chance to be among the first to get into the RCA Secret sale on the morning of 9 September. The raffle is now closed, and winners will be contacted on 1 September 2017 with their numbered place in the queue.
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.
Every year RCA Secret is a veritable Who's Who of the Art and Design world! Previous contributors include: David Bowie; artists Grayson Perry, Paula Rego and Tracey Emin; inventor Sir James Dyson; film director Mike Leigh; photographer David Bailey; designer Orla Kiely; fashion designers Paul Smith, Christopher Bailey and Zandra Rhodes; Stone Roses guitarist John Squire; and the architect Dame Zaha Hadid.
The postcards will appear, on this website, 24 hours before the exhibition and sale 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 right 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.
Will I be able to camp out over night outside the RCA Site in Battersea before the opening of the exhibition?
We regret to inform you that camping outside the RCA site is now prohibited.
Yes. Both payment options are available. Your generosity is what makes this event a success! Remember that all the proceeds from Stewarts Law RCA Secret go directly to support students at the RCA.
All buyers can collect on Saturday 16 September 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.)
We regret that we cannot exchange cards. Once the secret is out, the card is yours to keep!
Law firm Stewarts have kindly supported RCA Secret for the last three3 years. Their support ensures that as much of the postcard sale proceeds as possible is given to support students at the Royal College of Art.
The 2016 exhibition and sale raised £100,000. This generous donation has gone, in its entirety, back to student scholarships and bursaries at the RCA. Thank you to all our 2016 supporters, we can't wait to see you again at the 2017 event.