Steve McQueen, Grayson Perry, Margaret Calvert, Maggi Hambling and Jeremy Deller among artists contributing to RCA Secret 2016

Now in its 22nd year, the RCA Secret exhibition is an anticipated event in the art calendar, offering an opportunity to pick up an artwork by a renowned contemporary artist at a bargain price. But only if you pick the right work.

The 2016 exhibition will feature almost 2,000 postcards created by a mix of famous names and up-and-coming artists. Among the other luminaries who have created works this year are Lawrence Weiner, Yinka Shonibare, Marion Coutts, Thomas Heatherwick, James Dyson, Alison Wilding, David Bailey, Zandra Rhodes, Damon Albarn, Pete Fowler, and Peter Blake.

The cards are all sold anonymously for a fixed price of £55 each, and the identity of the maker is only revealed once the purchase is complete. The fun, of course, lies in trying to guess who has created what, but whatever you choose, you will come away with a modestly priced piece of original art, so everyone’s a winner. Plus all profits generated go to the RCA Fund, which supports scholarships to the college.

The exhibition is on show from April 8-15 at the RCA’s Kensington Campus, with the sale beginning on April 10. Here’s a sneak preview of some of the postcards on offer this year, so you can begin plotting your moves now:


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