So what’s the secret? All of the postcards are displayed anonymously so you have to guess which artist or designer has made the work before you decide to hand over your cash. Artists may choose to paint, draw, sketch, photograph or even produce a 3-d sculpture. Over its 21 years RCA Secret has boasted a roll call of legendary artists and designers who have donated work including Grayson Perry, Paula Rego, Julian Opie, David Bailey, Jeremy Deller, Sir James Dyson, Sir Paul Smith, Christopher Bailey, Orla Kiely, musician Jarvis Cocker, film director Mike Leigh, Stone Roses guitarist John Squire, and architect Zaha Hadid.
Up to 1000 bespoke artworks from some of the world’s leading artists and designers along with rising RCA students and graduates will be available, during the weeklong exhibition, to buy for only 500 dirham each. The UAE and Middle East’s thriving art scenes will also be represented, with contributions by local and regional artists and designers. Proceeds will go to the College’s Scholarship Fund, helping talented students at formative stages in their careers, and also contribute to establishing and running RCA courses in Dubai, which will in turn nurture emerging local talent.