The Royal College of Art [RCA] was founded in 1837 and its alumni include Sir Peter Blake, Tracey Emin and Alan Rickman. As its name suggests, it has received royal patronage since its inception and Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria, chose to study sculpture at the college. “We’ve got lots of tradition and lots of myth – and we play on it,” Paul Thompson, the RCA’s Vice-Chancellor, told an audience at the 2018 Leaders Sport Performance Summit. “But we are also keen and very determined that, because of the forms we’re dealing with, whether it’s architecture or art or engineering, that we’ve got to be radical. We’ve got to be looking at things that are completely ahead of the pack, the curve. We have these disruptive moments where we have moments of jagged radicalness.”
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