Originally set up in 1994, exhibition and fundraising sale, Stewarts RCA Secret, has been doling out works of art by some of the worlds most celebrated artists, illustrators and designers, as well emergent graduates and students from the College, for the best part of twenty five years.
And here’s the clincher, each postcard-sized work is kept anonymous and remains so until the £60 donation has been made, thereby not only ensuring that people are paying for a work – rather than a name – that truly speaks to them, but also removing the otherwise debilitating sense of hierarchy to allow unknown names the same opportunity as Turner Prize winners.
Speaking of which, among the 1800 artworks to be exhibited this year, Grayson Perry will feature alongside the like of Ridley Scott, Sir Paul Smith, Jeremy Deller, British conceptual artist Ryan Gander and Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park, among others. Given the diverse number of crafts and professions contributing to the exhibition, works range from photography to collage, painting, sculpture and even embroidery.
With all proceeds going to the RCA Fund, set up to provide support for the next generation of students during those nervy post-grad years, each work sold will directly contribute to the future artistic output of the RCA. In order to purchase an artwork, buyers must first register on the RCA Secret website to obtain a buyers ID. For the first three days of the exhibition (1st – 3rd December), each buyer will be capped to four works each until the last day when the cap will be lifted.
RCA Secret is on at Senior Common Room, Royal College of Art, Darwin Building, from Saturday 1 December to Monday 3 December. Collection day is in Thursday 6 December and Viewing day is Friday 30 November.