Shhhhh… RCA Secret 2011


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I had completely forgotten about the wonderful RCA Secret event at the Royal College of Art until 4pm yesterday. I rushed out into the late autumn chill to catch the closing hour of this now well-established annual fundraiser.

In a nutshell, around 1,000 artists, ranging from RCA grads to the likes of Grayson Perry and Sir Paul Smith, donate nearly 3,000 works of art, each exactly the same postcard-sized dimensions. The fun part is that the work is signed on the reverse, thereby rendering the identity of the artist a secret until the postcard is purchased and the artist’s identity revealed. The best part is that each postcard is just £45, and the money goes into the RCA Fine Art Student Award Fund coffers to help the next generation of artists hone their talents.

This year I wasn’t expecting to find anything I liked, arriving so late. Several years ago, I queued up with several hundred other keensters at 6am, braving the freezing cold, and remained in said queue until well after noon. I was fortunate to come away with my first choice of postcard, the wait therefore being rewarded, so this time I wasn’t expecting the same result. But much to my delight I have acquired this very interesting pencil drawing by RCA Grad Jonathan Whitehall.

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RCA Secret 2011 took place yesterday, 26th November, but you can register for next year here


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