Friday, October 24, 2008

Anish Kapoor this year

According to this RCA press release Anish Kapoor will be contributing to this years sale, amongst many others.

Leading artists and designers from around the world including Yoko Ono, Anish Kapoor and Tracey Emin have contributed to this year’s RCA Secret postcard exhibition and fundraising sale taking place at the Royal College of Art in London from 14–22 November.

RCA Secret is one of the UK’s most distinctive art events and was the brainchild of an RCA student in 1994 to help raise funds for the fine art students. The idea was simple — ask famous artists and young art students to submit an original piece of art with just two rules — the art work must be completed on a postcard and it must be signed on the reverse, keeping the artists’ identity a secret. All cards are sold in a one-day sale to the public with each card costing just £40 each.

Fifteen years later, RCA Secret has grown in popularity and now has over 1,000 artists donating to the event each year. Amongst the artists and designers who have contributed nearly 2,000 postcards to this year’s event include Tracey Emin, Yoko Ono, Anish Kapoor, David Bailey, Grayson Perry, Olafur Eliasson, former Clash member Paul Simonon, Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park, sculptor Richard Wilson, inventor James Dyson and the fashion designers Paul Smith and Sonia Rykiel. More names will be announced soon.

Professor Glynn Williams, Head of Fine Art at the RCA said:

“We are incredibly pleased and grateful with this year’s contributions by some of the world’s leading artists and designers. RCA Secret is about securing the future for the next generation of artists and by coming to buy postcards at the event the public are helping to make this possible.”

The format stays the same with the postcards exhibited in the RCA galleries and on-line from 14 to 21 November. Then for one day only on 22 November, all the postcards will go on sale for the incredibly low price of just £40 each. Postcards can only be bought on a first come, first served basis, with no sealed bids or reservations in advance. There will also be a raffle for buyers to win a position in the first fifty places of the sale-day queue.

Since 1994, thousands of art lovers have had the opportunity to buy original works of art at an affordable price whilst helping to support young artists.

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