LONDON, ENGLAND.-Do you dream of owning a one-off work of art by Grayson Perry? Perhaps you yearn for an original Tracey Emin. Or maybe you have a hankering for your very own Paula Rego sketch? Whatever your secret passion, your dream may come true for just £35 with RCA Secret, the annual postcard exhibition and fundraising sale at the Royal College of Art.
The show has received 2,700 postcards by over 1,000 artists. Postcards include work by Damien Hirst, Paula Rego, David Bailey, Julian Opie, Grayson Perry, Milton Glaser, Tracey Emin, Lawrence Weiner, Olafur Eliasson, Quentin Blake, Hussein Chalayan, Susan Hiller, Wolfgang Tillmans, Nan Goldin, David Shrigley, Christo & Jeanne Claude to name a few.
This unique annual exhibition, now in its twelfth year, opens for viewing at the Royal College of Art from 18 to 24 November. The first sale day begins at 8am on 25 November - but be sure to get there early if you have your heart set on a particular card: there are some serious fans out there! Buyers can purchase up to four of the mini-masterpieces on each of the specified sale days at the College. Part of the fun of this eagerly anticipated event is that you have to be there in person to buy the cards; they cant be reserved in advance and you cant phone in or order by email.
The secret part of the sale is that the identity of your chosen artist remains unknown until youve bought the postcard and the signature is revealed on the back. Postcards are donated by world renowned artists and designers who will often donate more than one postcard.
As in previous years all monies raised goes to the Royal College of Art Fine Art Student Award Fund, which helps support emerging artists during their time at the College. Since 1994, sales of postcards have raised over £600,000 for the Fund.
How do I buy a postcard? - Come along to see the postcards on the viewing days (see dates below) or look at the cards on-line. Make a note of the numbers of the cards you would like to buy. It is always a good idea to have a few numbers in reserve in case your first choices have already been bought by someone else. This is the fun part - can you spot the cards by the famous artists?
Potential buyers must register before the sale days, this can be done in person on the viewing days or via email. Please send your name and address to: email@example.com - please note email registration will close on 22 November, after this date you will have to register in person. We will send you a registration number which you must bring with you on the sale days.
Sale Days - Postcards can't be reserved or paid for in advance, they are allocated on a strictly first come, first served basis on the sale days only.
If you are determined to get the cards you want it is advisable that you come to the first sale day as early as possible (dates and opening times below). We strongly advise people not to camp outside the College as there are no facilities such as toilets and showers and the weather will be very cold. Long term queuing can cause distress and frustration for others coming to the event and is not within the control of the event organisers. Neither the College nor the organisers of the event can be held responsible for the conduct and organisation of any queue that forms outside the building. Even if you arrive on the morning of the sale there is a good chance you'll get the cards you want. But please have some reserve numbers to avoid disappointment. Don't forget your registration number too.
Buyers can purchase a maximum of four postcards each. People will not be allowed to buy cards on behalf of other buyers who are not at the sale in person.
Methods of payment are cash, cheque, debit or credit card.
Once you have bought your cards you can see who they are by and then take them home to enjoy.