03 Nov Royal College of Art – SECRET 2018
Invited by the Royal College of Art in London, spanish textile artist María Muñoz participates for the fourth time in a row as a guest artist at the RCA Secret 2018 solidarity exhibition. Her collaboration consisting of three works following the creative line of her latest art. Due to the secret nature of the exhibition, in which buyers choose the postcards without knowing the author, we do not show the images in this blog.
Established in 1994, Stewarts RCA Secret is London’s original postcard exhibition where supporters have the opportunity to own artwork by some of the world’s most celebrated artists, illustrators and designers, as well as up-and-coming graduates and students from the College.
Each year supporters have their art credentials tested as the identity of their chosen artwork’s maker is kept secret and revealed only once the £60 donation is made. All proceeds go to the RCA Fund, which supports the next generation of RCA students at a formative time in their careers.
More than 2000 postcards will be exhibited this year and confirmed contributors include Wallace and Gromit creator, Nick Park, contemporary artist Bob and Roberta Smith, and painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling.
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 contributors include renowned alumni and friends of the College including Christopher Bailey, David Bailey, Sir James Dyson, Tracey Emin, Norman Foster, Thomas Heatherwick, Anish Kapoor, Mike Leigh, Steve McQueen, Grayson Perry, Zandra Rhodes, Sir Paul Smith and Yinka Shonibare.
Stewarts RCA Secret will be open for viewing from Friday, 30 November at the RCA’s Kensington campus. Supporters will have the opportunity to purchase their postcards from Saturday 1 December – Monday 3 December, just in time for Christmas.
Images of all postcards in the exhibition will be released online from 9am on Thursday 29 November, 24 hours before the exhibition opens to the public. In order to purchase a postcard, supporters must register on the RCA Secret website to obtain a buyer’s ID. Buyers will be able to purchase their chosen postcards, initially capped at four per buyer, throughout the exhibition from 1–3 December. On the last day of the exhibition, everyone will be welcome to come back and choose unlimited postcards.
Postcards can be collected in person on the collection day, Thursday 6 December, or posted once the exhibition has closed.