RA Arts Festival

at the Mayfair Art Weekend

Special events

1—2 July 2017

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, where 17 artists present work developed over three intense years of dialogue and exploration. You can expect to see works spanning a broad range of media and representing the diverse perspective of the RA Schools graduates.

In the Courtyard, there will be temporary, site-specific artworks by emerging artists to be discovered as well as 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.

The RA’s Artistic Director Tim Marlow, ARTiculation and others host ‘On the Beanbag’, a series of informal conversations with artists, gallerists and local characters, taking place throughout the day.

This event is part of Mayfair Art Weekend.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

1—2 July 2017

Royal Academy of Arts

Free