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RA Arts Festival

at the Mayfair Art Weekend

Special events

1—2 July 2017

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The RA hosts a special arts festival as part of the Mayfair Art Weekend, celebrating this unique arts district as a vibrant hub of creativity and craftsmanship. All activities are free and open to all ages.

Taking inspiration from Eileen Cooper’s direction for the 2017 Summer Exhibition, the RA programming will provide a platform for young up and coming artists and encourage the involvement of the public in artistic practice. Alongside the Summer Exhibition, there will be the special chance to visit the often hidden RA Schools and see the final year show.

Recent Schools alumni have been commissioned to create temporary installations and interventions for the weekend that include Oh Brother Where Art Thou 2: The Expedition Files by Adele Morse, an artist residency with Murray O’Grady in the Burlington Arcade and a site-specific work by Frank Kent and Jonathan Kipps in a little-known passage off Piccadilly.

The RA Courtyard will host creative workshops run by the Bedroom Artist Collective. On Sunday, there will be a special family activity where artists of all ages can build their own Mayfair art gallery.

Musician and comedian Harriet Braine will perform a series of her Art History Songs throughout the weekend; a lively set of comedy songs about art and design and the people who make it from Matisse, Picasso, the Bauhaus, Banksy and Damien Hirst.

Tim Marlow, Vanessa Jackson RA, Charles Saumarez Smith and Kate Goodwin host On the Beanbag, a series of informal conversations with artists, gallerists and initiatives such as ARTiculation – a forum for young people to express their ideas on art. Talks will take place throughout the day in the courtyard on large-scale beanbags made from prints by Yinka Shonibare RA.

All activities are free and open to all ages.

This event is part of Mayfair Art Weekend.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

1—2 July 2017

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