We give you an insider's view on one of the most unique Exhibitions of London's Art Scene.
Established in 1994, the Stewarts Law RCA Secret is an exhibition and sale of original postcard sized artworks. These are submitted by a combination of internationally acclaimed artists and graduating students from the Royal College of Art. The main pull of the event lies in the title, with the artists name remaining closely guarded until the postcard has been purchased.
As a keen supporter of the RCA and neighbour to our 12 – 18 Radstock Street development, Banda decided to head along to the exhibition this year and experience the event first hand.
This year, there were 3000 cards to choose from – the largest since the 90s. With a broad selection to browse, and the 1200 cards in Dubai to cross check for similarities and omissions, we began curating our shortlist.
We arrived at 6am on a brisk but bright Saturday morning, accompanied by our final selections and high spirits. As expected, a significant queue had already formed. We learned later that the majority had begun arriving from around 3am. Already reaching around three sides of the building, people had begun to emerge, bleary eyed, from their tents by the time we joined the back.
Maybe sensing that ours was a solo mission, we soon found ourselves welcomed by a small group of enthusiastic collectors. The next five hours saw us comparing notes and theories, discussing likely identities and (they) sharing experiences from previous events.
After a long and very cold wait (tempered by frequent coffee runs) we were permitted entry to the main building. Fortunately, by the time we arrived at the sales desk at around 11am, the majority of our shortlist remained intact. We came away with our 4 pieces, all by current RCA students: Simon Ward, Yael Burstein, Jiangyin Qu and Annie Flynn.
Banda’s chosen artworks will be displayed in the Lobby of our 12 – 18 Radstock Street development. These will sit alongside the work of another RCA student: Danny Shang-Yu Lee.
All in all, we had a great experience at this years event – and are looking forward to framing our pictures. We will most definitely be returning next year, but may choose to bring some slightly warmer attire.