RCA’s Christmas cards for Tate

Students and graduates of the Royal College of Art’s School of Communications have designed a set of Christmas cards for Tate.

Students and graduates of the Royal College of Art‘s School of Communications have designed a set of Christmas cards for Tate.

Seven designs were selected from entries to a competition launched by Tate and RCA for the second year running. Entries were judged by Graphic Thought Facility’s Paul Neale, illustrator Marion Deuchars and Rosey Blackmore, Tate’s merchandise director.

The winning work includes mixed media collages, paintings and pencil drawings. Hayley Warnham’s The First Christmas, top, is a playful twist on the nativity scene. “Through an application of contrasting colours and textures I aimed to inject a new sense of life into the original image, highlighting the presence of each character whilst emphasising the celebrative and joyful nature of the traditional scene,” she explains.

Postgraduate students Signe Emma and Esa Matinvesi also opted for a modern take on a traditional Christmas, mixing the tale of the Three Kings with bold colours and imagery referencing modern festive customs (above). The design is influenced by the late Portuguese designer Sebastião Rodrigues.

Animation student Yingqi Wang’s card features a charming image of a Christmas tree couple dressing each other:

While visual communications student Billie Muraben decided to pay homage to the television in his dystopian view of a Christmas “where the television is the centre of the home and the event.”



Visual communications graduate Tamsin Nagel’s pencil drawing is inspired by a biblical tale about the evergreen flower, Hellebore, as well as botanical illustrations “and the sombre elements of Christmas”:

Animation graduate Lara Lee’s design captures the arbitrary nature of the holidays “when everybody is ‘forced’ to have a nice time with their family and friends” and “homes are turned into ‘temples’:

And graduate Anna Suwalowska’s Snowy View is a beautiful take on the classic festive image of a cat gazing out of a window:

The cards cost between £4 and £5 for a pack of 6, and are available to buy online or at Tate shops.

RCA students are also hosting a Christmas fete at the College from November 27 to December 1. The fete will open from 12-7pm on weekdays and 12-5pm at weekends and items for sale include art prints, illustrated mugs, and a “tongue-in-cheek nativity set”. For details, click here.

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