Regular readers will know my love for student interim shows but this is the big time: These are the Final Shows. This is when it gets serious; when our art graduates start feeling that nervous energy as the great and good of the UK art world see what wares they have produced over the past two years.
SHOW RCA opened this week at the Royal College of Art: Fine Art on Wednesday, Humanities and Design last night. The new, large-scale studios that pepper the south side of Battersea Bridge house Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking and are absolutely consistent, the works of artists including tank.tv favourite Holly Antrum and Ed Fornieles are the standout pieces in Battersea among a strong showing. In Kensington Gore, artists and designers from departments including Vehicle Design, Curating Contemporary Art, Innovation Design Engineering show works that have been developed in progress with some of the countries leading design firms and exhibit the potential of the future of industrial design. Hundreds of young, emerging artists open themselves up for critique and judgment. It doesn't disappoint.
SHOW RCA is at Royal College of Art until 03 July 2011.