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Contemporary art summer school at the Royal Academy

Summer school

Short course

  • 12 July 2022, 10am — 5pm
  • 13 July 2022, 10am — 5pm
  • 14 July 2022, 10am — 5pm
  • 15 July 2022, 10am — 5pm
  • 16 July 2022, 10am — 5pm

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Summer Exhibition 2021

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2021 at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 22 September 2021 — 2 January 2022. Photo: © Royal Academy of Arts, London / David Parry

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.

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.

Course tutor Dr Tim Smith-Laing is a writer and critic based in London. With a PhD from Oxford, Tim taught there extensively, focusing on cultural history and the history and theory of criticism. He is now a regular speaker at the Royal Academy, a book critic at The Daily Telegraph, and writes on art for Apollo, Frieze, and the Literary Review. Since 2013, he has published on subjects ranging from Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Breugel to Two-Tone and The Monkees, as well as teaching for The Latin Programme. He is currently researching the cultural history of luck, and a novel based on the life of eighteenth-century sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt.

Covid-19 update: We are looking forward to welcoming you back in a way that ensures everyone’s safety. Numbers will be limited to allow for social distancing, and we will be following the latest government guidelines. In the event of another national lockdown or enforced closure, we reserve the right to move this event online or to a future date.

Please note this course will include some site visits, and as such some walking. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to discuss any accessibility needs, please contact academic.programmes@royalacademy.org.uk.

Minimum age 18.

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  • 12 July 2022, 10am — 5pm
  • 13 July 2022, 10am — 5pm
  • 14 July 2022, 10am — 5pm
  • 15 July 2022, 10am — 5pm
  • 16 July 2022, 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.

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