Established in 1994, RCA Secret is London’s original postcard exhibition and sale. The exhibition attracts high-profile art collectors and passionate art lovers with the opportunity to buy original artworks from some of the worlds most acclaimed artists and designers. Each of the postcards on display is sold anonymously for £55, with the identity of the maker revealed only when the purchase is complete. All profits from the sale go towards the RCA Student Award Fund, which helps emerging artists at a formative stage in their careers by funding scholarships to the College.
Every contribution is an original artwork, produced with the same rigour as any other work by the maker. Although restricted to being postcard sized the subject matter and approaches vary widely, from photography and collage, to drawing, painting, and even sculpture and embroidery.
Previous contributions came from renowned alumni and friends of the College including David Bailey, Peter Blake, Margaret Calvert, Jake Chapman, Marion Coutts, Jeremy Deller, Sir James Dyson, Maggi Hambling, Thomas Heatherwick, Lubaina Himid, Anish Kapoor, Joseph Kosuth, Steve McQueen, Grayson Perry, Zandra Rhodes, Yinka Shonibare, Lawrence Weiner and Alison Wilding.
Images of all postcards in the exhibition will be released online from 9am on Friday 8 September, 24 hours before the exhibition opens to the public. In order to purchase a postcard, buyers must register on the RCA Secret website to obtain a buyer’s ID. Buyers will be able to purchase their chosen postcards throughout the exhibition from 9 to 15 September. This approach provides more opportunities to buyers, while still allowing visitors to enjoy the exhibition as all the postcards remain on display until the end of the exhibition. Purchased postcards can be collected in person on the collection day, Saturday 16 September, or posted once the exhibition has closed.