RCA Secret returns

Here’s a glimpse of the RCA Secret postcard exhibition and auction, which gives visitors the chance to bag a Paula Rego, Julian Opie, or David Bailey for £45.

One of this year's RCA Secret entries
One of this year’s RCA Secret entries

We do know that there will be 2700 postcards displayed at the RCA’s new Dyson building next month.

One of this year's RCA Secret entries
One of this year’s RCA Secret entries

We don’t know who’s done what though, which means you might get something by designers Margaret Calvert and Alan Kitching, or illustrator Pete Fowler, but you might end up with something equally loveable by an unknown student. It’s a beautifully simple concept. 

Don’t expect all the big names to have dropped in their signature tropes – we’ve seen the RCA Secret before and it’s not that easy, but therein lies the challenge. Spotting something.

One of this year's RCA Secret entries
One of this year’s RCA Secret entries

However, there is a raffle to win a place among the first 50 people to be let in an hour before the hoi polloi on buying day. Failing this just get ready to run in with your eyes open and your elbows out.

Other artists include Christo and John Baldessari, Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park, film director Mike Leigh and fashion designers, Sir Paul Smith, Orla Kiely and Manolo Blahnik. 

One of this year's RCA Secret entries
One of this year’s RCA Secret entries

The event is now in its 20th year and has so far raised more than £1million for the RCA Fine Art Student Award Fund.

One of this year's RCA Secret entries
One of this year’s RCA Secret entries

You can view the submissions online at www.rca.ac.uk/secret between 14-22 March and see them at the RCA’s Dyson Building, 1 Hester Road, SW11, where the postcards will be sold on 23 March.

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