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11 Jun 2012

Royal College of Art Graduate Exhibition

Elizabeth Vickery, MA Photography

Show RCA 2012
Royal College of Art


20 June - 1 July (closed 29 June) 10.00am – 5.30pm daily
Late opening to 8pm Sat 23, Wed 27 and Sat 30 June
Free transport between Kensington & Battersea sites

Alison Sedgwick
+44 (0)20 7590 4123
+44 (0)20 7590 4124

Howie Street
London SW11 4AY

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This year, the Royal College of Art's annual summer show will include work by the greatest number of graduating students in the College's 175-year history. Show RCA 2012 is to take place simultaneously in six buildings across the College's two campuses in Battersea and Kensington.

Show RCA 2012 offers visitors – some 40,000 last year – a unique opportunity to experience the very best of emerging contemporary art and design practice. Over 500 art and design postgraduate students from more than 40 countries will exhibit work of exceptional quality, imagination and technical skill.

The exhibitions are free of charge to the public, with much of the work for sale or commission – ranging from paintings to prints, glassware to jewellery and furniture to textiles. Buyers have the opportunity to invest right at the beginning of an artist or designer's career, with 15 per cent of sales going towards the Royal College of Art Student Fund.

Show RCA Battersea will feature work from the Fine Art programmes of Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture. Both the Sculpture and Sackler (Painting) Buildings will be used as gallery spaces, with students also using parts of the College's brand-new Dyson Building and Testbed 2. The College will be making use of the adjacent Testbed 1 space again this year to exhibit work by students from the Design Products and Design Interactions programmes, ensuring a cross-disciplinary approach over both sites.

Show RCA Kensington will include students from the programmes of Architecture; Ceramics & Glass; Fashion Footwear & Accessories; Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery; Innovation Design Engineering; Textiles; and Vehicle Design exhibiting in the Darwin Building. Students from Animation and Visual Communication will be taking over the Stevens Building, utilising studio spaces to display their work, alongside the School of Humanities. The first graduating students from the Critical Writing in Art & Design programme will showcase their work in the Darwin Building entrance.

Show Kensington: Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU
Nearest tube: High Street Kensington, South Kensington
Show Battersea: Royal College of Art, Howie Street, Battersea, London SW11 4AY
Nearest tube: Sloane Square