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Friends Private Lounge and Ai Weiwei Late Night Opening

Friends events

Saturday 12 December 2015

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Friends Private View

Photo: John Nassari

Relax after a visit to Ai Weiwei with a glass of sparkling wine in a luxury lounge just for Friends of the RA during our first ever, round-the-clock 56 hour opening during the final weekend of Ai Weiwei.

To meet the exceptional demand for tickets, the RA is extending its opening hours during the final weekend of Ai Weiwei with special viewings. For the first time in the RA’s history, the main gallery will be open for a 56-hour, round-the-clock opening during the final weekend of the exhibition.

Friends of the RA will have exclusive access to a luxury, Private Lounge during this public late opening on the final Saturday evening of the Ai Weiwei exhibition.

Set in the John Madejski Fine Rooms, Friends can enjoy comfortable seating, a private bar, live music from The Supertones and a DJ set by Lindy Layton until 1am. For a taste of what to expect, view images from the latest Friends events.

Relax away from the crowds, and enjoy the exhibition at your leisure, which is open to both Friends and the public during the final weekend of Ai Weiwei. Tickets are £15 in advance and £20 on the night, including a welcome drink of sparkling wine.

Booking is essential for this Friends only lounge, if you wish to bring a guest please book one ticket for each person.

Become a Friend of the RA to see all our exhibitions first, as well as a host of other benefits including free entry to our exhibitions for you and a guest, special Friends events and all-day access to the Keeper’s House.

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Saturday 12 December 2015


Main Galleries, and the John Madejski Fine Rooms, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts

£15 when booked in advance, £20 on the door. Friends only.