Found at the RA - Friday Late
An evening curated by students from University of the Arts London
22 November 2013
In Burlington Gardens
Bill Woodrow RA, T.V. Blind (detail), 1979. Televisions, 89 x 160 x 352 cm. Collection of the artist. From cabinets of curiosities to interactive installations, this event will redefine your perceptions of sculpture.
Join us as University of the Arts take over the Royal Academy for an exciting evening of sculpture workshops, drinks and music all inspired by the exhibition of renowned British sculptor, Bill Woodrow RA.
Special guest DJs
Seb Wildblood (Church/MadTech)
Josh-You-Are (Your Mums House/Sink the Pink)
Event admission free, no booking required
Admission to the Bill Woodrow RA
exhibition requires a ticket
Workshops and installations
Woodrow is famous for subverting everyday objects and injecting humour into his work so expect to see plenty of surprising takes on the familiar and pieces that challenge your perceptions of sculpture.
All workshops and installations are free. Filming and photography will be taking place during the course of this event.
We invite you to rummage through your pockets and bags for unwanted materials and add them to an ever growing display up the central staircase of Burlington Gardens. Receipts, leaflets, old tickets, sweet wrappers – help us find the beauty in the scraps of everyday life.
Relive the best (and worst!) of decades past as visitors are asked to pick just one memory or important highlight from a chosen decade and contribute it to this memory map. Post your words onto the wall and see how the memories accumulate throughout the evening. Create cross-references between decades; converse and share thoughts all in essence of Woodrow’s work as a ‘section through history’.
The Nature of Things
Come and join the human conveyor belt and help assemble a lego sculpture. All of the sculptures will be inspired by nature and you’ll have just two minutes to make your contribution. At the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to see the fruits of your labour on display around the room. As you take part, we encourage you to reflect on the process of mass production and how it can de-value the things we buy.
As you enter the room you’ll be greeted by 200 ceramic birds on the floor and sets of instructions on how to rearrange and move them. By changing their composition you will help to reshape and redefine the space you’re in. Through this workshop, we reference Woodrow’s critique of capitalism and human hedonism in relation to nature. Can human beings mass reproduce nature?
Cabinet of curiosities
Our cabinet of curiosities is an interactive work that allows you take on the role of curator, play around with the structure, move objects, remove items – it’s up to you! See what new meaning you can bring to our curious cabinet.
Make your own sculpture (plinth included). Pick up a sculpture pack then root around the RA to find materials and objects, come back with your findings and build your sculpture in our RA studio. Art dealers will then assess the merits of your work, and if you sculpture or object is worthy, it will make it into the pop-up exhibition. Join us again at 9.30pm to see if your work finds a buyer at our live auction.
Contribute to the giant RA corkboard by making your own plasticine bug. Plasticine can be found at the Atelier Cafe tables next to the staircase.