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Behind the scenes: stars of the RA Collection

Evening session

Short courses

Wednesday 20 September 2017
6 — 8pm

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Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A., Theory, 1779 - 1780.

Oil on canvas. 1780 x 1790 mm. © Royal Academy of Arts, London..

An exciting opportunity to explore highlights from the Royal Academy’s collection with Annette Wickham, Curator of Works on Paper, including drinks, for a unique Royal Academy experience.

The Royal Academy’s remarkable library and collection reflects its near 250-year history at the heart of the art world. Acquired from the RA’s foundation in 1768, and spanning up to the present day, the collection has been both a practical teaching tool and a resource for research and scholarship, informing and inspiring artists and scholars over the centuries. With many works donated by practising artists themselves, as well as their families, the collection reflects the membership of the Royal Academy (Academicians), as well as its supporters and the activities of the prestigious RA Schools. The Collection provides a unique insight into the history of the arts and culture in Britain.

Led by Annette Wickham, Curator for Works on Paper, the evening will include an introduction to the formation of the RA Collection, stories of its hidden treasures and exclusive highlights, with the exciting opportunity to view rarely seen works on paper including prints, drawings and watercolours, first hand and in a small group setting.

The evening will include a visit to the John Madejski Fine Rooms, the gracious suite of rooms that comprise the original 18th-century town-palace of Burlington House on Piccadilly, historically one of the grandest private houses in London before it became home to the Royal Academy in 1867.

There will be a chance to see works by British masters, including the founding President of the Royal Academy, Sir Joshua Reynolds, as well as renowned painters such as George Stubbs and JMW Turner, who shaped art history and culture in Britain and beyond. Also included are exciting works by contemporary Academicians including Eileen Cooper, Norman Ackroyd and Humphrey Ocean, who continue to challenge and enrich our understanding of the arts and architecture.

The evening will begin with a warm welcome and refreshments in the Academicians’ Room followed by a private tour of the Collection.

6.00pm – Welcome and drinks reception in the Academicians’ Room
6.30-8.00pm – Private tour of highlights of the RA Collection and Q&A

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Wednesday 20 September 2017

6 — 8pm

The Library, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts

£120. Includes exclusive welcome drinks in the Academicians Room, an expert-led tour of the Academy's collection and a tour of the John Madejski Fine Rooms.

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