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From its foundation in 1768 the Royal Academy of Arts has provided a voice for art and artists. We are an independent charity led by eminent artists and architects—the Royal Academicians—and we pursue our mission through exhibitions, education and debate.
● Fully booked
At this event we invite disabled artists and creative people at risk of exclusion from the art world to share their practice in a warm and welcoming environment.
Free, no booking required.
Reynolds Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Eileen Cooper RA discusses with art writer Anna McNay the role of drawing in her practice, and why she considers it to be neither just a preliminary or secondary art form.
Free, booking required.
The Geological Society, Piccadilly, London, W1
In a keynote debate for the London Festival of Architecture, we debate how creativity can be nurtured and sustained in a global city like London.
£12. Reductions £6.
Celebrated artist, influential teacher, Royal Academician and this year’s Summer Exhibition Coordinator, Michael Craig-Martin CBE RA joins Tim Marlow to reflect on his career and discuss some of the ideas and events that have shaped his achievements as an artist and teacher.
£16 (includes exhibition entry). £12 (event only). Concessions available.
Sculptor Conrad Shawcross RA joins writer and Coordinating Chaplain at Nottingham Trent University, Revd Dr Richard Davey to discuss his courtyard installation for this year’s Summer Exhibition, and the way his sculptures explore geometry, philosophy, physics and metaphysics.
Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Explore the Summer Exhibition Architecture Room with its organiser this year, Ian Ritchie RA.
Free with an exhibition ticket. No booking required.
Joseph Cornell is one of the most famous yet mystifying characters in modern American art. Cornell scholar Lynda Roscoe Hartigan explores what recent studies in creativity and cognition have contributed to understanding his distinctive constructions, collages and films.
£14 (includes exhibition entry). £10 (event only). Concessions available.
Join us in the Summer Exhibition Architecture Room to hear the recipient of the prize for most outstanding architectural work discuss their winning project.
The Reynolds Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Exhibition curator, Sarah Lea introduces ‘Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust’, the first solo exhibition of this artist’s groundbreaking collage and assemblage art in the UK for almost 35 years, and talks about the preparations involved in such an exhibition.
Artist John Stezaker discusses with writer Michael Bracewell the relationship between the work of Joseph Cornell and his own artistic practice, in particular the disquieting juxtapositions of found photographic imagery.
The Summer Exhibition Architecture Room plays host to a talk by the winner of this prize for one of Britain’s most promising up-and-coming architects.
Art historian Professor Dawn Ades CBE FBA discusses Joseph Cornell’s relationship with Surrealism, his engagement with the concept of time and the ongoing dialogue in his work between the ephemeral and the eternal.
The Royal Academy welcomes Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels, to deliver the 25th Annual Architecture Lecture in the unique setting of the Summer Exhibition.
£18. Reductions £9.
Join celebrated British artist, Sir Peter Blake CBE in conversation with Tim Marlow (RA’s Artistic Programmes Director) to discover why the work of Joseph Cornell has fascinated him throughout his career.
This panel discussion considers what the new spaces are for outsider art and what the responsibilities are for those involved in the interpretation, collection, curation and sale of these works within the context of today’s art world.
The Saloon, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Join novelist, critic, literary theorist and playwright Gabriel Josipovici as he leads this book club on his new novel that charts the course of Joseph Cornell’s mysterious life and his remarkable boxes.
£19 (including exhibition entry on the day). £15 (event only).