I think I have mentioned before that I have many addictions *all harmless I promise*, Barbie’s are a given, but I also collect postcards whether it is the postcard book from an exhibition I have just seen, or those free ones you sometimes see at the cinema, I have tons of them. So you can imagine how excited I was, and also horrified in myself for not knowing this sooner, that every year the RCA holds a Secret postcard exhibition and sale.
I can’t surely be the only one who hasn’t heard of it can I? I am super excited about the prospect of picking up my postcard-sized artwork in November. Anyone else wondering what the secret bit is? Yeah I was thinking the same thing well the beauty of this exhibition and sale is that each postcard is donated by professional artists, designers and illustrators, plus up-and-coming students from the Royal College of Art, and you don’t know the identity of the artist until you make your purchase when you finally see the back where they’ve signed it.
How cool is that, perfect for art-novices like me where I just choose pieces I love rather than for the collectible value. I can’t wait to check out the event as last year included handmade postcards by the likes of fashion designers Stella McCartney Paul Smith and Manolo Blahnik, as well as Yoko Ono, Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, David Bailey, Jake Chapman, and animator Nick Park.
Each postcard costs £45 and all money raised goes to the RCA Fine Art Student Award Fund, which helps emerging artists. So you get a one-of-a-kind piece of art and you get to help future artists. I love this concept so much.
When does this all take place you ask, well you can view the RCA Secret 2011 postcards from November 18 at the RCA in London, and then for one-day only on November 26 you can buy your piece of art on a first come, first served basis. Also be prepared to queue, as when they say that they do a raffle to win a position in the first fifty places you know it is busy!!
I can’t wait to see what beauties they have – anyone been before?