Sunday, April 06, 2014

RCA secret timeline

Here it is the RCA secret timeline, as you can see I am short on information in early years, all help very gratefully received - just post a comment on this blog or tweet me @rcasecretblog

Please note this is a work in progress and I will continue to add to it as and when I get further information.

1994

No cards for sale:
Limit of cards that can be bought:
Cost of cards:
Sponsor:
Notable contributors: 


First sale, the brainchild of a student at the college.

1995

No cards for sale:
Limit of cards that can be bought:
Cost of cards:
Sponsor:
Notable contributors:  

1996

No cards for sale:
Limit of cards that can be bought:
Cost of cards:
Sponsor:
Notable contributors:  

1997

No cards for sale: 2000
Limit of cards that can be bought:
Cost of cards: £30
Sponsor: Absolut Vodka
Notable contributors:  Frank Auerbach, Anthony Gormley, Eduardo Paolozzi, George Melly, Glenn Brown, Maggi Hambling

1998

No cards for sale: 3000
Limit of cards that can be bought:
Cost of cards: £30
Sponsor: Absolut Vodka
Notable contributors:  Chris Ofili, Maggi Hambling, George Melly, Alex Katz, Mary Fedden

1999















No cards for sale: 2002
Limit of cards that can be bought:
Cost of cards: £35
Sponsor: Absolut Secret
Notable contributors:  David Bowie, Brian Eno, Zandra Rhodes, Antony Gormley, Maggi Hambling, Paula Rego, Christo, Peter Blake, Prunella Clough

2000

No cards for sale:
Limit of cards that can be bought: 6
Cost of cards: £35
Sponsor: Bowieart
Notable contributors: Peter Doig, Terry Frost, Sandra Blow, Damien Hirst, David Bowi, Maggi Hambling

2001

No cards for sale:
Limit of cards that can be bought: 6
Cost of cards: £35
Sponsor: Bowieart
Notable contributors:  Terry Frost. Paula Rego, Sandra Blow, Damien Hirst, Sol Lewitt, Lawrence Weiner, RB Kitaj, Nancy Spero, Leon Golub, Kyffin Williams, Nick Park, David Bowie, Mary Fedden, Maggi Hambling

2002

No cards for sale:
Limit of cards that can be bought:5
Cost of cards: £35
Sponsor: Bowieart
Notable contributors: Damien Hirst, Sol LeWitt, Julian Opie, Sam Taylor-Wood, Giorgio Armani, Ken Loach, Keith Tyson, Patrick Caulfield, Terence Conran, Nick Park, Christo, Paul McCartney, Mary Fedden, Mimmo Paladino, Christo and Jean-Claude, Maggi Hambling

This is the first year the cards were published online at Bowieart.com

2003

No cards for sale:
Limit of cards that can be bought: 5
Cost of cards: £35
Sponsor: Bowieart
Notable contributors:  Damien Hirst, Mary Fedden, Mimmo Paladino, Tracey Emin, Sandra Blow, Sol LeWitt, Terry Gilliam, Christo and Jean-Claude, Cornelia Parker, Mary Fedden, Maggi Hambling, Lawrence Weiner

2004

No cards for sale:
Limit of cards that can be bought: 5
Cost of cards: £35
Sponsor: None
Notable contributors:  David Hockney, Grayson Perry, Bill Viola, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Nick Park, Mary Fedden, Maggi Hambling, Lawrence Weiner

No cards were published online.

2005

















No cards for sale:
Limit of cards that can be bought: 4
Cost of cards: £35
Sponsor:None
Notable contributors:  Paula Rego, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Olafur Eliasson, Mary Fedden, Quentin Blake, David Shrigley, Julian Opie, David Bailey, Mary Fedden, Maggi Hambling, Lawrence Weiner

2006

No cards for sale: 2300
Limit of cards that can be bought: 4
Cost of cards: £35
Sponsor: None (originally collector David Roberts agreed to sponsor but this fell through)
Notable contributors:  Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Olafur Eliasson, Mary Fedden, Quentin Blake, David Bailey, Mary Fedden, Maggi Hambling, Lawrence Weiner

Sale day moves from a Friday rather than a Saturday with no second sale day.  First 50 Raffle introduced.

2007




















No cards for sale: 2300
Limit of cards that can be bought: 4
Cost of cards: £40
Sponsor:None
Notable contributors:  Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Olafur Eliasson, Nan Goldin, Julian Opie, Nick Park, Mary Fedden, Maggi Hambling, Lawrence Weiner

2008















No cards for sale: 2700
Limit of cards that can be bought: 4
Cost of cards: £40
Sponsor:None
Notable contributors:  Yoko Ono, Anish Kapoor, David Bailey, Grayson Perry, Douglas Gordon, Nick Park, Tracey Emin, David Bailey, Mary Fedden, Maggi Hambling, Lawrence Weiner

2009














No cards for sale: 2700
Limit of cards that can be bought: 4
Cost of cards: £40
Sponsor:None
Notable contributors:  Gerhard Richter, Grayson Perry, John Baldessari, Tracey Emin, David Bailey, Mary Fedden, Maggi Hambling, Lawrence Weiner

2010













No cards for sale: 2800
Limit of cards that can be bought: 4
Cost of cards: £45
Sponsor:None
Notable contributors:  Grayson Perry, John Baldessari, Yinka Shonibare, Tracey Emin, Oscar Murillo, Lawrence Weiner, David Bailey, Maggi Hambling

2011













 No cards for sale: 2900
Limit of cards that can be bought: 4
Cost of cards: £45
Sponsor:None
Notable contributors:  Grayson Perry, John Baldessari, Yinka Shonibare, Tracey Emin, Oscar Murillo, Lawrence Weiner, David Bailey, Jeremy Deller, Maggi Hambling

2012

Please note there was no sale in 2012

2013
















No cards for sale: 2700
Limit of cards that can be bought: 4
Cost of cards: £45
Sponsor: Stewarts Law
Notable contributors:  Paula Rego, Julian Opie, John Baldessari, Yinka Shonibare, Lawrence Weiner, David Bailey, Orla Kiely, Maggi Hambling

Sale moved from the Gulbenkian gallery in RCA Kensington site to Dyson Building in Battersea.


2014















No cards for sale: 2900
Limit of cards that can be bought: 4
Cost of cards: £50
Sponsor:Stewarts Law (now renamed Stewarts Law RCA Secret)
Notable contributors:  Paula Rego, John Baldessari, Grayson Perry, Yinka Shonibare, Lawrence Weiner, Jeremy Deller, Jarvis Cocker, David Bailey, Maggi Hambling

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Rego card goes under the hammer






This Paula Rego card from the 2013 sale goes under the hammer next week at Christies.  Auction details here.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

RCA secret timeline - help needed

Now that the dust has settled for another year on the sale I'm after your help. I'm trying to piece together a timeline of the 20 sales. I'm quite good on most things post 2000 but would be grateful for any help particularly before that time. I'm especially interested in things like

The cost of cards each particular year
Notable contributors for each year
Sponsors such as Bowieart and Absolut - when they started and stopped sponsoring the exhibition
Whether the show was always held in the Gulbenkian gallery?
How many cards were shown each year

Anything else of note.

If you think you can help please post a comment on the blog or tweet me @rcasecretblog. Many thanks in advance.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

My RCA Secret 2014





So all over for another year.  Here is the story of my Rca Secret 2014.

A quiet year I think for publicity prior to the sale commencing.  A couple of articles in time out and the independent and a quick feature on ITV London news (which got a lot of the facts wrong) was pretty much all the information that we got before the show opened.  The college kept the guessing game going by posting tweets and facebook posts with references to loads of artists who had previously contributed.  Did this mean they were contributing again?  Without anything concrete to go on theories abounded and rumours started (including one by ITV that Banksy was contributing).  The media are strange about these things.  The sale does need a Tracey Emin or a Damien Hirst type contributor to give it the attention it deserves.  A shame really given the legion of artists who donate every year without fail.

Of course none of that stopped me from being ridiculously excited when the cards were released online.  I spent the next few days eagerly looking through and noting my favourites before a trip to see them in person on Sunday.  As usual this was the first chance for my two girls to make a note of their favourite cards and they spent a happy few hours writing their list and prioritising it.  This is why the raffle is so great.  My girls love RCA secret (see the drawing Carys did below) and with the raffle going on they actually get a chance to get the cards that they want, being too young to queue.

Eventually the day of the sale turned up and I woke bright and breezy and got a cab down to the college.  Directly in front of me in the queue was John, who’d just finished setting up his tent.  Adam was already there and emerged bleary eyed from his tent having camped the night before.  Most of the other usual suspects were around and it was good to catch up with so many friendly faces.

As usual the next few hours passed happily examining the cards with a break for lunch and regular trips out to check on the tent and the queue.  It was difficult this year as there were a group of tents outside the college but then the queue continued (after a huge break) turning right down a side road.  The big gap was due to one of the college’s officious neighbours who didn’t want the queue on their land (even though it was only for one day).  I tried to post on twitter where people should queue but it is entirely understandable that people didn’t get it and therefore there was a constant stream of people who had to be told they weren’t queuing in the same place.  The college promised some security for the queue but there certainly wasn’t anyone there for most of day or indeed for the night – I did see two chaps by the main door about 4am but they didn’t hang around and it was left to me and Chris to direct people arriving in the middle of the night.  If there are similar issues with the queue next year perhaps the college could post a sign or have some security staff on duty?

Once the college closed up we all hung around, mobile phones in hand, to await the winning raffle call.  I got a text to say that my daughter had won, she was so excited, and then news filtered through of others in front of me in the queue who had also had the lucky call.  Once all the raffle winners were notified off we went for a few fortifying drinks and then pizza with John and Chris (thanks Chris!) before coming back and polishing off a bottle of Chris’s excellent home made Sloe Gin.  I then managed to get a few hours kip before waking at 3.45.  Thanks to a queue neighbour for the excellent tip about the 24 hour garage serving coffee and thanks (again) to chris who, unprompted, came back with a cup of coffee for me.

Around about 6am everyone started packing up.  The fantastic blogger Lisa has pondered on her excellent blog why everyone feels the need to pack up so early.  I think Lisa the reason was there was a steady flow of people trying to join the back of the small queue outside the college and we felt that the best way of stopping this from happening was to form a proper queue.  I do agree that it is the worst bit though, the standing around in a proper queue and then seeing the raffle winners arrive to queue jump in front of you.

When the raffle winners did arrive there was a fair amount of confusion.  In previous years raffle winners have been called inside and then their names read out to join their place in the queue.  That’s certainly what happened the year I won it.  This year someone stood outside the college and called out the raffle winners names.  But they were all crushed up together and with the background traffic noise no-one could hear the names being called.  One poor winner, a woman was at the back of the crush, kept shouting “we can’t hear”.  Virtually inevitably it was her name that was missed so that instead of her being called to go up 3rd she ended up going in second last, although I gather she did manage to ensure that she was promoted back up the queue when going into the room with the tills.  This unpleasantness would have been avoided if the college had adopted the system them had in the previous years.  Hopefully they will go back to that next year J

Finally my daughter was called last, 50th Place.  I wasn’t too concerned as I thought she had a pretty good chance of getting the cards she wanted from there anyway.

The raffle winners were starting to collect their artworks from the gallery.  We could see the first person in the raffle queue collecting his 3 cards by Paula Rego and 1 by Grayson Perry.  News gradually filtered down the queue of other cards that had been sold.   My daughter eventually emerged and told me what she had which was:

Her favourite card which was a drawing of a blue bird (her favourite colour) by Jenny Graham.

A card for her sister who unbeknown to me had changed her mind overnight about what her favourite card was.  She had originally gone for a card of a dog with a multi-coloured ruff but then decided to go for this ingenious 3d keyboard work by an artist called Andrew Campbell.


A card for my other half, Lisa, which was an abstract painting by Paul Davis

And a card for me by Gordon Cheung.

Finally after a wait we were in and went upstairs.  It felt like an age waiting for me to have my turn but I eventually got to the front of the queue and bought for myself:

A painting by Caroline Walker, one of my absolute favourite cards from the show, which looks good online but so much better in the flesh.

A drawing by Rose Wylie of Nicole Kidman’s back and black strap.  I posted on this blog how much I like Rose Wylie’s work so was very pleased to get it.

The only card done this year by Mali Morris.  A fantastic abstract that is absolutely typical of her work – a miniature version of some of her paintings I have seen at shows before.  I was very surprised and delighted that this card was left.

Finally, a painting for Lisa, by Andor Komives.  I have to say I found these cards a little disturbing, but Lisa loved them.

So all in all another good year and I am very happy with the outcome again.  A few minor things for the college to please sort out (some security for the queue would be great!) but in general big thanks to the college (and the contributing artists) for another fantastic show.  Roll on RCA secret 2015.

Do let me know your RCA secret stories.



Sunday, March 23, 2014

The morning after


Morning all, hope everyone had a good (better!) night sleep.  What a wonderful show the college put on again.  Thanks so much to the college for all their work and the contributing artists for their amazing works.

Here's some news articles about the sale:

The independent

BBC London News

Artlyst

Press Images of the sale.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Tired!

Wow, that was very tiring wasn't it.  The hail in the middle of the night was an unpleasant surprise.  But as usual I think the vast majority of queuers came away happy.  Will post more later and keep an eye out for any sales related press reports.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Good luck all



Just 48 hours to the sale now I just wanted to wish everyone the very best of luck with this years selections.  I'll be around on friday and camping overnight, unless I get the luck call, so come over and find me and say hello :)