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The Garden at Night

RA Late

● Fully booked

Saturday 12 March 2016
7 — 11.45pm

This event has now ended

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Part of our

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

events programme
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Rebecca Louise Law installation at Sensing Spaces Late, February 2014

Photo © Benedict Johnson

RA Lates presents a nocturnal garden of delights, subverting the vibrant paintings captured in ‘Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse’ and exploring the darker side of these floral havens. Think clandestine encounters and errant creatures as the garden comes alive at night…

A full map will be available in advance of the event, but see below for some programme highlights:

Exclusive after-hours private view of Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse (last entry 9.30pm)
Using the work of Monet as a starting point, this landmark exhibition examines the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s. Plus live poetry readings by Maria Ferguson and Belinda Zhawi from Apples and Snakes.

Dress Code Information
We kindly ask that you remove any large costume items (e.g. headdresses) and any flowers or foliage before entering the Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse exhibition. Your items will be safely stored in our pop-up garden just outside the entrance to the show. This is to ensure the protection of the world-famous paintings on display and adhere to the exhibition guidelines set out by museum standards. We thank you in advance for your co-operation.

‘Eventide Sound Conservatory’
Music producer Steve Hellier and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Nick Luscombe present a sound and visual happening that portray nocturnal activities and the darkened stillness hidden deep within the garden.

Late Night Floral Emporium with Wild Renata Flowers
Get bedecked in all manner of floral adornments at a Late Night Emporium hosted by Wild Renata Flowers. From hair garlands to floral beards and beautiful petal facial pieces, be transformed into an enchanted woodland creature for the night.

Moonlit Wreath-making with Of Crowns and Gowns
Come and make your own floral wreath from a selection of night-time flowers hosted by Of Crowns and Gowns.

Fluorescent Painting in Art Macabre’s UV Garden of Eden
Enter Art Macabre’s dark, dramatic garden aglow with fluorescent florals and neon nudes to inspire your own paintings. Paint Adam and Eve seduced by hypnotic flowers in our twisted Garden of Eden and create a collaborative glowing garden mural.

The Nocturnal Garden
Visit the RA’s Grand Café for an evening of nature-inspired folk bands hosted by the Nest Collective from 8 to 10pm, followed by disco dancing and bar open until 11.45pm.

Sipsmith and Fever-Tree will be stirring up some delicious Garden at Night-inspired drinks from their Artisanal G&T bar. Relax in their garden whilst enjoying a tipple or two and tantalise your tastebuds with guided tastings of the locally distilled Sipsmith gin and award winning mixers from Fever-Tree. Cocktails include Garden G&T, Hedgerow Fizz and The Pink Blossom.

Shuttlecock Inc present a bespoke supper menu using allotment ingredients, served from their overgrown garden kitchen.

Please bring plenty of cash with you on the night as not all bars accept cards.

Dress Code
Floral Explosion: Check out our pinterest board for inspiration. Please see above for restrictions regarding costumes inside the Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse exhibition.

Instagram Costume Competition
Please share your costume photos using #RALates and we will regram the ‘best dressed’ at midday on Sunday 13 March from @royalacademy and award prizes.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Saturday 12 March 2016

7 — 11.45pm

Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts

£22 (including entry to 'Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse' and a Garden G&T courtesy of Sipsmith and Fever-Tree)