Famous Artists Make Postcards For School Sale

London - This year works of by well known artists such as, Paula Rego, Julian Opie and David Bailey are going on sale for just £45, at the RCA Secret postcard event. But you will have to spot them among the other 2,700 postcards on display.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are thrilled about this inexpensive collecting opportunity.

All of the postcards are displayed anonymously for a week in the RCA Secret exhibition at the College’s new Dyson building in Battersea, then go on sale for one day only to the public for £45 each, regardless of whether it’s been made by a famous name or a young art student.

Although it can help to know the different styles of the artists, a lot of it is down to pure luck and many collectors don’t realize whose work they have chosen until they hand over their cash on the sale day.

Each year, the Royal College of Art asks professional artists and designers, plus up-and-coming art students and graduates to make and donate a piece of work, the only conditions are that it has to be postcard-sized and it must be signed on the back.

This year's event will feature original works by renowned artists such as Paula Rego, Julian Opie, David Bailey, Christo, John Baldessari, Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park, film director Mike Leigh and from the world of fashion, Sir Paul Smith, Orla Kiely and Manolo Blahnik.

Collectors Preview

Bginning March 14, potential collectors will be able to view all the postcards in person at the RCA in Battersea or on-line at www.rca.ac.uk/secret.

All postcards go on sale on Saturday 23 March on a first come, first served basis, with a maximum of four cards per person.

There will also be a raffle for collectors to win a position in the first 50 places in the queue.

Now in its 20th year, the event has raised more than £1 million for the RCA Fine Art Student Award Fund, helping hundreds of emerging artists at a formative stage in their careers.

RCA Secret 2013 is being exhibited for the first time in the College’s new Dyson building in Battersea which houses the studios and facilities of the School of Fine Art.

Secret Sale

The postcards are displayed anonymously and are signed on the reverse, so that the artist remains a secret until after the cards are purchased and their signature is revealed.

This sale consisting of around 2,500 original postcard-sized artworks, made and donated by professional artists, designers and illustrators, plus up-and-coming students and alumni from the Royal College of Art.

The cards are all sold to the public in a huge sale, with every postcard costing just £45, regardless of whether it has been made by a famous name or a young art student.

Organisers say; This is the largest "Secret" to date and will raise more than £130,000 for the college's fine art student award fund.