Don't Carry On Camping

By Rob Last edited 161 months ago
Don't Carry On Camping

This week seems to be the week for colleges banning things.

First we had the Imperial College banning hoodies in a ridiculous attempt to 'increase security'; and now the Royal College of Art has banned 'camping'.

Now it's not that Kensington is a popular spot for ramblers or anything, but the college's annual lucky dip picture postcard sale does attract a lot of 'early birds', with hopeful punters this year pitching up as early as two weeks before the doors opened.

Of course the idea behind the postcard sale is that you shouldn't be able to tell who's painted what... that's why it's called a lucky dip. However in recent years the first people through the doors have been snapping up the Hirsts and the Emins with little trouble and the college have had to rethink their policy a little.

So RCA curator Sophie Brown has decreed that camping would be banned next year so "everyone was in the same boat".

We look forward to seeing how the art enthusiasts get round the ban. Camouflage maybe? Or possibly a good, old-fashioned fist fight?

Last Updated 26 November 2005