London Festival of Architecture
1 July 2012
11 am–4.30 pm
'From Landscape to Portrait', 2012 by Chris Wilkinson RA Photo: Royal Academy of Arts Join us for performances, talks, tours and workshops on this day of special activities for all ages as part of the London Festival of Architecture and its theme, The Playful City. Learn about our building, collection and exhibitions through creative hands-on architectural activities for families and specialised talks for adults. Events take place all day throughout Burlington House, from the private spaces of the RA Schools to the grand settings of the Fine Rooms and the Annenberg Courtyard (right).
All events are free unless stated.
Behind the Scenes Tours
Get an insight into aspects of the architecture of the RA’s home.
Burlington House: 12–12.30pm
Sackler Wing of Galleries and the Library: 12.45–1.15pm
RA Schools: 1.30–2pm
All tours begin in the Front Hall
Photo © Royal Academy of Arts Interactive Drumming Workshop
Animating Chris Wilkinson RA’s Annenberg Courtyard installation ‘From Landscape to Portrait’.
Annenberg Courtyard; 12.30pm
Summer Exhibition Architecture Room Talk
Curators discuss the eclectic projects in the architecture room of the Summer Exhibition.
1pm; exhibition ticket required
Introducing The Weird, the Wacky and the Wonderful
A short introduction to this exhibition of eccentric architecture.
The Architecture Space; 2pm and 3pm
Touch Tour of Burlington House
Meet in the Front Hall; 2.30–3.30pm
Courtyard Dance Performance
A specially commissioned site-specific dance, choreographed by Katie Green, responding to Chris Wilkinson RA’s Annenberg Courtyard installation.
Annenberg Courtyard; 3.30pm (also being performed on Friday 29 June, 7.30pm Read more
Family drop-in Workshop with Aberrant Architecture
A fun hands-on workshop for all the family inspired by The Playful City theme.
Sketching in the Courtyard
Inspired by the grand architecture of Burlington House, artist Jeanette Barnes encourages sketching as a means of understanding the surrounding architecture.
RA courtyard; 1.30–3.30pm; (materials provided)
'Playful City' Workshop in the Summer Exhibition
Make an architectural creation surrounded by the wonders of the architecture room of the Summer Exhibition.
2–3.30pm; exhibition ticket required
Family Tour of Burlington House
Explore Burlington House with Fran Herrick, searching for clues in the architecture and decoration that reveal the building’s rich and illustrious history.
Meet in the courtyard; 3.30–4pm
RA Explorers Trail
Using an architectural plan as your guide, uncover the architectural wonders of Burlington House together with family members and fellow explorers.
Available all day
Family Studios are supported by Jeanne and William Callanan