Secret @ Royal College of Art

Now in its 18th year, the Royal College of Art’s Secret Exhibition is home to over 2,900 original postcard sized artworks. Designs by artists, fashionistas, film makers and up and coming artists from the Royal College of Art itself feature in the impressive collection. From Emin to Erdem, the exhibition boasts an impressive display of originality and diversity, stretching the limits of what can go on a postcard from 1,000 invited artists. The postcards on display will be on sale to the public for £45. The artist of each miniature artwork however, will be undisclosed until the postcard has been purchased, hence secret. The name of the artist of each work will be revealed on the back of the postcard when bought, and up to four postcards can be bought per each nervous hopeful.

The postcards presented are a concoction of lace, prosthetics and countless political statements. Ranging from three-dimensional pieces to sex and nudity, no stone has been left unturned, as the postcards seem to cover an array of subjects. Whether tongue in cheek jokes, minimalism or an attempt to shock, each piece is bound to strike a chord with each viewer. Not to be missed, Secret gives an affordable opportunity for the art obsessed to purchase their own artistic mystery.

RCA Secret is open until November 25

The sale is on November 26 and runs from 8am until 6pm

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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