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.
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The Reynolds Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Curator Edith Devaney introduces the ‘Abstract Expressionism’ exhibition and examines
the key concepts behind this artistic phenomenon.
Free, booking required.
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle St, London W1S 4BS
Speakers debate how Britain’s post-war housing estates have become a battleground
of differing political and architectural ideologies.
£12, £6 concessions.
Geological Society, Piccadilly, W1
Dublin-based Heneghan Peng Architects discuss the ideas behind the works that have won them recognition across the world, including the Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre and the just-completed Palestinian Museum.
£12, £6 concessions. Includes panel discussion and drinks.
Meet in Gallery I, Main Galleries
In this in-gallery talk, artist Emyr Williams discusses paintings by Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko in front of the works themselves.
Free with exhibition ticket. No booking required.
Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle St, London W1S 4BS
We invite you to an unconventional encounter with three artists and a dancer; an
opportunity to meet great artists and watch them while they are thinking.
£16, £8 concessions and alumni
Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House
Looking beyond traditional notions of infrastructure, speakers put forward a range of propositions for ensuring London maintains its status as a global city over the next few decades.
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
£3 (including refreshments), free for carers and Friends of the RA. Booking required.
The RA welcomes Californian architects Johnston Marklee to talk about their work, which combines
geometrical complexity with a calmness and efficiency in form and material.
The General Assembly Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
At this event, we invite disabled artists and creative people at risk of exclusion from the
art world to share their practice with others.
Free, no booking required
The RA and Pin Drop invite you for an exceptional evening of short stories with philosopher A.C. Grayling.
£17 (includes exhibition entry). £12 (event only). Reductions available.
Professor Sarah Churchwell explores the artistic, cultural and social influences that gave rise to Abstract Expressionism in America.
Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House.
Charles Holland and Elly Ward of Ordinary Architecture introduce ‘Origins’, before a discussion with Joseph Rykwert on the broader capacities of architecture to carry narratives and meaning.
Senior Curator Adrian Locke introduces the exhibition ‘Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans’ and examines the life and work of this truly original artist.
Sir Hugh Casson Room, Royal Academy of Arts
A screening of a new documentary that tells the story of the war against culture and the battle to save it, followed by a Q+A with the author of the book on which the film is based.
Meet in Gallery VII, Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Artist Rebecca Salter RA discusses paintings by Barnett Newman and Ad Reinhardt, in front of the works themselves, in this in-gallery talk.
Tennant Gallery, entrance via De Grey Court
Annette Wickham, Curator of Works on Paper at the RA, introduces ‘John Gibson RA: A British Sculptor in Rome’, the first temporary exhibition to focus on this artist.
Free with an exhibition ticket (no booking required).
David Anfam explores the origins, significance and influence exerted by Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ (1943) – one of the most influential artworks of the 20th century.
Artists Gabriel Hartley, Lisa Denyer and Selma Parlour examine whether the spirit of Abstract Expressionism can be seen in the work of today’s young artists.
£17 (includes exhibition entry). £10 (event only). Reductions available.
What will be the implications of Brexit on London’s development and status as a global city over the next few decades? Our panel discusses.
£12, £6 concessions. Includes panel discussion and drinks reception.
Meet in the Front Hall, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Christ & Gantenbein, designers of the recently opened Kunstmuseum in Basel and the extension to the Swiss National Museum in Zurich, come to the RA to discuss their acclaimed work.
Eminent Royal Academicians examine the significance of Abstract Expressionism in relation to their work and the art world then and now.
Painter and writer Timothy Hyman RA and curator Roger Malbert discuss the artists who have chosen to pursue figurative painting over the last century.
A panel of architectural historians explores a range of ‘what if’ scenarios in the history of architecture, posing alternative narratives that lead us to re-think how existing accounts are written and perpetuated.
Join Professor Jen Harvie in exploring how Abstract Expressionism reimagined masculinity, how women contributed to this shift, and how feminist performance art came roaring in its wake.
£8, £5 concessions
The eclectic nature of the work of James Ensor and his creative process are examined in this talk by Herwig Todts, Conservator of Modern Art at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp.
Following a previous debate exploring the changing status of Britain’s post-war housing estates, this event looks at estate regeneration and the range of alternatives that exist to the growing threat of demolition.
The Geological Society, entrance on Piccadilly
Luc Tuymans discusses his distinguished career as a contemporary painter, as well as
his curation of the James Ensor exhibition, with Senior Curator Adrian Locke.
£16 (includes exhibition entry). £12 (event only). Reductions available.
Artists Vanessa Jackson RA and Clare Price, along with curator Gwen Chanzit from the Denver Art Museum, discuss the important female figures of Abstract Expressionism.
Meet in Gallery VI, Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Artistic duo Matthew Collings and Emma Biggs discuss two paintings by Willem de Kooning in front of the works themselves, in this in-gallery talk.
Free with exhibition ticket, no booking required.
Ten speakers reflect on the work and legacy of the late Zaha Hadid RA, whose death earlier this year has left world architecture without one of its biggest stars.