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Contemporary art summer school at the Royal Academy

Five-day intensive summer course

Short course

● Cancelled

  • 29 June 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 30 June 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 1 July 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 2 July 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 3 July 2020, 10am — 5pm

Booking opens to Friends of the RA at 10am on Tuesday 11 February. Booking opens to the public at 12pm on Wednesday 12 February.

Part of our

Summer Exhibition 2020

events programme
Go to exhibition page

Using the Summer Exhibition as a starting point, immerse yourself in contemporary art through engagement with the artists, curators and business insiders at the heart of the industry.

Due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding coronavirus, we regret to inform you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel all events advertised for 2020 at this moment. If you have purchased tickets to an event, please contact us on 0207 300 8090 or tickets@royalacademy.org.uk and include your order number to arrange a refund. We aim to reply within 5 working days.

This week-long summer school will give a comprehensive overview of contemporary art. We will learn about the art being created today through the art and artists of the Summer Exhibition, as well as a host of exciting artists and curators working in London.

You’ll be taught through a series of lectures and workshops, including talks, artist’s studio visits, in-conversations, gallery visits and seminars. The course will include introductions to key players in the contemporary art market, both from within the RA and from further afield.

The course will cover:
• What is contemporary art
• How to think and write about art with a critical eye
• How the London art market works and its place on a global stage
• The key institutions and players
• The spaces, venues and arenas engaging with art
• The future of art and the art market

Over five days this course is designed to produce well-rounded arts professionals with a global perspective, who not only understand the language and ideas of contemporary art theory but can also apply those ideas in a variety of real-world contexts.

Minimum age 18. If you have any accessibility needs, please contact academic.programmes@royalacademy.org.uk.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 29 June 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 30 June 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 1 July 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 2 July 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 3 July 2020, 10am — 5pm

Wolfson British Academy Room, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£1,800. Includes all materials, light refreshments each day and drinks receptions throughout the week.

Booking opens to Friends of the RA at 10am on Tuesday 11 February. Booking opens to the public at 12pm on Wednesday 12 February.