Summer Exhibition Family Events & Activities
Wednesdays and Fridays from 23 July
Take part in a family workshop in the Summer Exhibition, comprising an introductory talk and practical hands-on session.
Main Galleries; 11am–1pm; free with an exhibition ticket, call 020 7300 5995 to book
This free printed guidesheet for 8- to 13-year-olds leads a trail around the Summer Exhibition, encouraging close observation and responses to work. Read more
Younger sleuths use this guide to solve riddles and discover selected works of art in the Summer Exhibition. Read more
Designed to encourage the artist in everyone, these activity trays for young visitors and their families are used in the Galleries to create works of art inspired by the Summer Exhibition. Worksheets and sketchbooks for every child available daily.
Free Gallery Talks
Public Gallery Talks
45-minute introductory talks; free with an exhibition ticket
10-minute talks on individual works; free with an exhibition ticket
Evening Lectures and Events
Tracey Emin RA in Conversation
Friday 20 June
Tracey Emin RA, in conversation with art critic Matthew Collings, contemplates her role within the Royal Academy.
Friday 20 June
Gordon Benson RA reflects upon the works in this year’s Summer Exhibition and how they might be representative of a cross-section of the architectural profession.
Free Dance Performance and Talks
Embodied Energy: Surface Tension
Friday 11 July
Dancers from the Place use a series of flexible, sustainable structures designed by the RA President’s firm, Grimshaw, in a unique collaborative performance choreographed by Katie Green.
RA Courtyard; 6.30pm & 8pm; free
Talks take place in the Summer Exhibition Architecture Room and the Architecture Space about the relationship between movement, space, performance and architecture. Part of the London Festival of Architecture 2008.
Scheduled at intervals throughout the evening; free
The Summer Exhibition provides access to visually impaired people with touchable sculptures with Braille labels. To book a one-to-one guided tour, contact the Access Officer. Large-print gallery guides are available.
Pre-book disabled parking and wheelchairs on 020 7300 8028.
Contact the Access Officer on tel/text 020 7300 5732, fax 020 7300 8013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visually Impaired Event
Sculpture and Music
Monday 7 July
Led by Naomi Kendrick we explore selected sculptures from the Summer Exhibition through touch, and create music inspired by these works using movement with specialised music equipment.
Saloon and Main Galleries; 10am; £3 (includes exhibition entry), carers free; pre-book tickets with the Access Officer
BSL and Lipspeaking Gallery Tour
Friday 25 July
Artist Lucianna Whittaker gives this tour with BSL interpretation by Tracey Tyer and lipspeaking support by Maggie Short.
Main Galleries; 6–7pm; £3; pre-book tickets with the Access Officer