RCA Secret

18 Nov 2011 – 26 Nov 2011

Event times

18-25.11: 11am to 6pm; 24.11 til 9pm; 26.11: 8am to 6pm (sale)

Cost of entry


Royal College of Art

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus 9,10,52
  • South Kensington/High Street Kensington

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Leading names from the worlds of contemporary art, design, fashion and film have donated a record 2,900 postcard size artworks to the RCA Secret event at the Royal College of Art. Artists including Tracey Emin, Anish Kapoor, Grayson Perry, Yoko Ono, Olafur Eliasson, John Baldessari, Richard Wilson, Jeremy Deller and Christo; designers Sir James Dyson and Kenneth Grange; fashion designers Sir Paul Smith, Erdem, Manolo Blahnik and Dries van Noten and film-makers Nick Park and Mike Leigh have all produced mini masterpieces that will be up for sale at just £45.

What's the Secret? Each postcard is signed on the back, so collectors don't know the identity of the artist until they have made their purchase. Although it can help to know the difference between a drawing by Tracey Emin and a sketch by Grayson Perry, a lot of it is down to pure luck and many collectors don't realise whose work they have chosen until they hand over their cash on the sale day.

Potential collectors will be able to view all the postcards in person at the RCA in London or on-line at www.rca.ac.uk/secret from 18 November. All postcards go up for sale for one day only on Saturday 26 November at the RCA in Kensington. Postcards can only be bought on a first come, first served basis, with no sealed bids or reservations in advance. There will also be a raffle for collectors to win a position in the first fifty places in the queue.

Over the last 17 years the event has raised over £1 million for the RCA Fine Art Student Award Fund, helping hundreds of emerging artists at a formative stage in their careers.


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