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Burlington Gardens Festival

Out of the studio into the street

Special events

Saturday 4 July 2015
12 — 6pm

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Part of our

Summer Exhibition 2015

events programme
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For the first time the Royal Academy and its artists take to the streets of Mayfair with Burlington Gardens pedestrianised and the street transformed for a day.

Join us on our temporary forecourt in front of Sir James Pennethorne’s building, to discover new artworks and performances, workshops, food, drink and music.

View and download the full Burlington Gardens Festival programme.

The forecourt will host art installations, including new works by RA Schools alumni Rachael Champion and recent graduate Henry Coleman. Inside the building there will be an installation by Graham Gussin, a musical performance by Richard Wilson RA + Breathing Space, who will send sounds around the dramatic central stairwell, and an immersive sound-movement work ‘Sound Bed’ by choreographer and dancer Vera Tussing. A special live interactive t-shirt press will be run by YR Store and Epson, featuring images by RA Schools students and staff.

Tables designed by Will and Piers Alsop will be set out along the street with food and drink on offer by artisan producers, with Italian delights from Cecconi’s and American food (to mark Independence Day). There will be a chance to get creative with print-making and drawing workshops throughout the day and special activities for children, including LEGO building.

Busking-style music, provided by The Nest Collective, will fill the air with performances from TEYR and The Thumping Tomies throughout the day, plus live acoustic performances by Jenny Bell. A finale performance in 6 Burlington Gardens by Les Zoings – with Bob and Roberta Smith RA – will round off the day of festivities.

Unexpected Hill, a new ceramic installation which will be located in Burlington Gardens throughout summer, will play host to theatrical life drawing and a talk by its designers, Istanbul-based SO? Architecture and Ideas.

A temporary hidden link will be opened between Piccadilly and Burlington Gardens occupied by an art installation by RA Schools Starr Fellow Felipe Castelblanco and artist Jonathan Armistead. The rarely seen historic studios of the RA Schools will be opened with an exhibition by Castelblanco presenting his ongoing project The Para-Site School with guest artists Melanie Coles, Serra Tansel and Shepherd Manyika.

Taking place in partnership with Brown’s London Art Weekend.
Supported by Scott and Laura Malkin.

Plan of Burlington Gardens Festival

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Saturday 4 July 2015

12 — 6pm

Burlington Gardens

Free, no booking required.