The RCA Secret postcards are back on sale this Saturday, yesterday i popped in to browse through this years selection. For those who don't know, every year the Royal College of Art has a sale of original postcard-sized art, made by professional artists, designers and illustrators, and current postgraduate students at the college. All the postcards are exhibited anonymously and are signed on reverse so you only find out which artists has produced the art after you have purchased it. For those interested there is a lovely story about how this all came about here.
Every year they through in some real heavy weights with this year being no exception. Hidden (or not so hidden) within the exhibition are postcards by Tracy Emin, Grayson Perry, Jake Chapman, Sir Peter Blake, Yoko Ono, Quentin Blake, animator Nick Park, and designer Paul Smith and many more.
Each postcard is photographed and catalogued on the RCA site, however you really have to pop down and view the cards in person to appreciate the work, as some of the more sculptural pieces are a bit lost in the photography.
The exhibition is open all week with the actual sale starting this Saturday at 8am, chatting with a few people there it can get pretty manic, with people queuing all through Friday night, but with a chance to bag an original from the likes of Grayson Perry and Jake Chapman for just £45 who can blame them.