7 August—21 October 2009
In the Gallery Café
"This is an exhibition that has been waiting many years to happen. In large arts organisations like the Royal Academy of Arts, with an expansive, cultivated and well- informed staff, it was extremely likely that many of these employees would be art practitioners also, some that had undergone formal study and others who were simply true enthusiasts, who had just kept making art against the odds.
"Now is the moment for all this slightly ‘underground’ creative activity to be revealed, and here at the Royal Academy, albeit in quite restricted circumstances, is the place for it to be seen.
"This is ‘home grown art’, made by people who are engaged in the day-to-day running of this prestigious institution, and remarkably good it is, too. Completely varied, very idiosyncratic, a wide ranging plethora of styles and interests, with many absolute gems embedded in the mix; some crafted with infinite care, others passionately driven, but all with a particular seriousness. We hope you will enjoy the show’s far-ranging resonance."
- Professor Maurice Cockrill RA