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Talks & Lectures
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Meet at the main reception of 6 Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts
At this event we invite disabled artists and creative people facing barriers accessing the art world to share their practice with others.
Free, no booking required.
The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
A conversation with architect Anna Puigjaner to discuss MAIO’s project for Invisible Landscapes, an installation exploring how digital technologies are transforming the home.
£15, £9 concessions
Meet in the Front Hall, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Join us once a month for coffee and conversation to discuss artworks from our permanent collection.
Free, booking required.
From burnt-down pillar boxes to powerful street art, this panel discussion explores whether there is historic value in sites that have witnessed political and social protest.
The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts
Join Grayson Perry in conversation with the our Artistic Director Tim Marlow to discuss the central role the Summer Exhibition continues to play in the life of the RA and the show’s 250th anniversary this year.
£20, £12 concessions.
Join us for a day-long symposium exploring the impact of architecture on the identity of a city, and find out more about the influence of social and spatial identities on urban change.
£25, £15 concessions
The Academicians' Room, The Keeper's House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
Melvyn Bragg joins Mary Nightingale for the ninth in our series of conversations in which the ITV journalist and broadcaster talks to inspiring individuals in the cultural world.
Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts
Discover what defines a successful artist today, in this three-day series of free events.
Artist Yinka Shonibare MBE RA, Head of the RA Schools, Eliza Bonham Carter, and the Director of Ikon Gallery Jonathan Watkins explore how artistic success is defined and who defines it, in this discussion chaired by art critic and curator Sacha Craddock.
Free, booking required.
The Academicians’ Room, The Keeper’s House and the Main Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
We invite RA250 Friends and RA250 Supporters to join us for a private view and curator-led tour with RA Curator and Head of the Summer Exhibition, Edith Devaney.
Free. RA250 Friends, RA250 Supporters and members of the Academicians' Room only.
Curators Professor Mark Hallett and Dr Sarah Turner introduce ‘The Great Spectacle’, exploring 250 years of the Summer Exhibition through key works as they ponder the impact of this iconic annual show on art in Britain and around the world.
£10, £6 concessions.
What makes an architect successful? Hear from our panel as they discuss how success is shaped in architectural practice and the cultural mechanisms that support it today.
The Wolfson British Academy Room, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts
Join members of Auto Italia South East, Marianne Forrest and Ed Gillman, in exploring ideas of autonomous artist-led spaces and asking what autonomy can look like – and what its terms are – for artists working in London today.
Join curator Cory Scozzari, founder of curatorial project Cordova and co-founder of curatorial studio Jupiter Woods, for a roundtable discussion on how collaborative curatorial models can support the success of artists and their work.
Join President of the Royal Academy Christopher Le Brun and Head of Collections Maurice Davies as they reveal what went on behind the scenes in the development of the RA’s new Collection gallery.
£12, £8 concessions.
Wolfson British Academy Room and The Architecture Studio, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts
Join DOMA to explore how blockchain technology can support new models of home ownership and tackle the current housing crisis.
Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts
As part of The New RA for teachers event, join us for a lively in conversation with Sir Michael Craig-Martin RA and Curator and Head of the RA Schools Eliza Bonham Carter.
Free, booking required. Teachers with valid ID only.
How do we teach for creativity? How do we define a good arts education? As part of the New RA for Teachers event, join our panel to explore how we are going to inspire the next generation of artists, followed by a Q&A.
Join three of the RA’s resident raconteurs for a ramble through some of the horrors and wonders of the Royal Academy’s 250-year history.
See the finalists of the Royal Academy Dorfman Award - architects from Colombia, Ethiopia, Iran, Japan and the Netherlands - present their work in front of our esteemed judging panel and be the first to hear who has won the new prize.
£35, £20 concessions (a combined ticket is available for the lecture and the Royal Academy Dorfman Awards Judging). Includes drinks reception in the Collections Gallery from 6.15pm
Inaugural Royal Academy Architecture Prize winner Itsuko Hasegawa will present her work and influences in this special celebratory lecture.
£25, £15 concessions (a combined ticket is available for the lecture and the Royal Academy Dorfman Awards Judging). Includes drinks reception in the Collections Gallery from 6.15pm
Life Room, Royal Academy Schools
An afternoon of discussions and presentations by students, educators and the finalists of the Royal Academy Dorfman Award looking at the future of architectural education and practice.
The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre and The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts
Gain exclusive insights as Antony Gormley RA and Rowan Williams debate the fascinating relationship between the Christian tradition and contemporary visual art.
£24, £12 concessions
In this panel discussion, drawing to a close the RA’s Architecture Awards Week, discover how the architecture of Japan, from its innovative housing designs to its traditional building methods, has inspired generations of architects.
Senior Curator Helen Valentine uncovers the extraordinary journey of the Academy’s Renaissance copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’.
Join Dr Nathan Waddell as he reveals the story of the controversial artist, writer and critic Wyndham Lewis, his relationship to T. S. Eliot and why the portrait was rejected by the Summer Exhibition in 1938.
The Royal Academy welcomes curators of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale and founders of Grafton Architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara to deliver the 28th Annual Architecture Lecture.
£25, £15 concessions. Includes drinks reception in Summer Exhibition until 9pm.
Meet in the Architecture Room, Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
Join us in the Summer Exhibition Architecture Room to hear the recipient of the Turkishceramics Grand Prize for Architecture discuss their winning project.
Free with exhibition entry, no booking required.
Free, no booking required.
Gilbert & George RA discuss creative process, partnership and their artistic practice with the RA’s Artistic Director, Tim Marlow.
50 years after the publication of ‘A Tiger who Came to Tea’, best-selling author and illustrator Judith Kerr talks about her life, work and escape from Nazi Germany.
£10, £5 concessions
Prize-winning authors and illustrators Stephen Collins and Isabel Greenberg discuss the art of the graphic novel.
£12, £8 concessions
Artist and drum ’n’ bass musician Goldie discusses his career and creative practice with journalist Nihal Arthanayake.
£20, £12 concessions.
Es Devlin discusses her work and artistic influences.
£20, £12 concessions
Join Andy Stanton for an hour of joyous nonsense as he talks about the multi award-winning ‘Mr Gum’ series, as well as his new book, ‘Natboff! One Million Years of Stupidity’.
Cultural historian and lecturer, television producer and author Franny Moyle discusses the challenges of writing about the lives of well-known artists, from Turner to Holbein.
Turner Prize-nominee Yinka Shonibare RA discusses how race, class and cultural identity have shaped his work, with critic and author Louisa Buck.
Thriller writer Nicci Gerrard talks about how everyday creativity can keep a person connected to the world around them. In conversation with academic Hannah Zeilig, Gerrard discusses how the arts can keep people well, aid recovery and support longer lives, better lived.
The historian David Cannadine delivers a lecture on ‘The Statesman as Artist’, taking a closer look at Winston Churchill’s talents as a painter.
Join world-renowned architect Amanda Levete as she discusses some of her most pioneering projects and the importance of risk in architecture.
Twenty-five years after the publication of ‘Birdsong’, in the month that his latest novel ‘Paris Echo’ is published, bestselling author Sebastian Faulks examines how the shadow of war has shaped his work.
£16, £10 concessions
Photographer Don McCullin talks about how his experiences of war photography have shaped his landscapes and still-lifes.
Musician, filmmaker and author Viv Albertine and artist Sue Webster discuss how not conforming has shaped and influenced their professional and personal lives – both creatively and spiritually. Their conversation will be chaired by broadcaster and journalist Miranda Sawyer.
Join us for a discussion with Artistic Director and Lead Principal dancer of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo.
Join us for a rare treat as author, illustrator and Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child discusses the art and joy in creating children’s books.
Join The Man Booker Prize-winning novelist Howard Jacobson and The Sunday Times art critic Waldemar Januszczak as they discuss Marcel Duchamp’s contested legacy.
In conversation with broadcaster and journalist Alex Clark, Booker Prize-winning novelist and poet Ben Okri discusses his latest artistic collaboration with Rosemarie Clunie and reads excerpts.
Cressida Cowell, best-selling author of children’s book series, ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ and ‘The Wizards of Once’, gives tips on becoming an author or illustrator and does some live drawing.
Michael Morpurgo talks about the importance of creativity, why we must never talk down to children and why it is important for them to read about war.
Join us for the annual Rothschild Foundation lecture in the Royal Academy’s new lecture theatre.
Ticket information will be released later in 2018.
Artistic Director Tim Marlow introduces the 2019 exhibition programme, revealing what’s coming up at the RA.
Free, booking required. RA250 Supporters and Patrons only.