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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.
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Meet in the Front Hall, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Join art historian Ben Street for a talk about the Cornell exhibition with speech to text transcription and BSL interpretation.
£3. Carers and Friends of the RA go free.
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).
Reynolds Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge joins Tim Marlow, the RA’s Director of Artistic Programmes, to discuss his career and work.
£12. £6 reductions.
General Assembly Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Curator Annette Wickham explores the story behind this epic drawing by Daniel Maclise and
considers why such a remarkable work has been hidden from public view for almost a
Free, booking required.
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS
We welcome Ai Weiwei Hon RA, one of China’s most influential contemporary artists, as he discusses his remarkable life and work with Tim Marlow, the RA’s Artistic Director.
£25. Reductions £12.
Exhibition curator Adrian Locke introduces ‘Ai Weiwei’ and explains how the artist has used his art to comment on contemporary Chinese society.
The Geological Society, Piccadilly, London, W1
In the first lecture in our ‘Architecture and Freedom’ season, German architect, Jürgen Mayer H discusses how architecture can facilitate social interactivity.
£12. Reductions £6.
Former ‘Stars’ group artists Qu Lei Lei and Li Shuang join journalist Barnaby Martin to discuss their involvement alongside Ai Weiwei in the avant-garde ‘Stars’ group between 1979 and 1983.
£16 (includes exhibition entry). £12 (event only). Reductions available.
Hatchards, Piccadilly, W1
Last chance to hear curator Sarah Lea introduce her critically acclaimed exhibition as she describes Cornell’s life, career and eclectic interests in an exclusive talk.
The John Madejski Fine Rooms, Burlington House
Join us once a month for coffee and conversation to discuss artworks from our permanent collection.
Architect and theorist, Patrik Schumacher, considers the various parameters for architectural practice today, in the second lecture of our ‘Architecture and Freedom’ season.
Join artists Christian Marclay and Cornelia Parker RA, and historians Professor Dario Gamboni and Dr Richard Clay for a discussion on the impact of the ‘readymade’ and the destructive process in art, as seen in the work of Ai Weiwei.
£25 (includes exhibition entry). £20 (event only). Reductions available.
The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House
An event which sees RIBA Stirling Prize nominee Niall McLaughlin in conversation.
Meet in the exhibition, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Curator Annette Wickham introduces this epic cartoon by Daniel Maclise RA, which depicts the meeting of Duke of Wellington and his Prussian ally Field Marshall Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo.
Free with an exhibition ticket, no booking required.
Art historian Dr Ros Holmes discusses Ai Weiwei’s prolific use of social media and explores the artist’s creative, humorous – but also socially and politically critical – presence online.
The Reynolds Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Join two distinguished Royal Academicians in a special evening of conversation, as part of our ongoing ‘Dialogues’ series.
In this talk, art historian Professor Craig Clunas looks at the cultural role of materials in the art of Ai Weiwei.
The Geological Society, Piccadilly, W1
Join curator Philip Tinari and architect Daniel Rosbottom in a conversation exploring Ai Weiwei’s wide-ranging and lesser known Architectural practice.
With public space being eroded in our cities and the internet subject to near pervasive surveillance, our panel explore whether spaces of freedom still exist, and if so, where.
The Learning Studio, 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 in a warm and welcoming environment.
Free, no booking required.
Curator MaryAnne Stevens gives an introduction to the work of the artist Jean-Etienne Liotard, who was internationally acclaimed for his mastery of pastel and his unflinching observation of reality.
Tony Fretton and Ellis Woodman discuss the powerful, yet often overlooked contribution of James Gowan to twentieth-century British architecture.
Curator Maria Alambritis introduces a selection of prints from the Royal Academy Collection
that depict events from the Napoleonic Wars.
Dress historian Aileen Ribeiro examines the depiction of textiles and clothing in his work, and is joined by MaryAnne Stevens, co-curator of the exhibition, to discuss the different ways in which artists ‘see’ clothes in art.
Our panel consider what architecture’s responsibilities should be to the public good and whether it is time for architects to adopt a new code of ethics.
Sam Phillips, arts writer and editor of the Royal Academy of Arts Magazine, will lead this slide assisted talk about the ‘Ai Weiwei’ exhibition with speech to text transcription and BSL interpretation.
When Liotard travelled to London, his reputation was at its summit. This talk by curator William Hauptman examines Liotard’s astonishing portrait work while there, his impact on the London art scene and his connections with the Royal Academy between 1773 and 1774.
Sir Hugh Casson Room, The Keeper’s House, Royal Academy of Arts
Join us at the first opportunity to hear the architects taking part in our ‘Urban Jigsaw’ project present their proposals for the creative reuse of London’s brownfield sites.
Find out about the emergence of pastel in the 18th century, with speakers including Tate conservator Rosie Freemantle.
In the third lecture of our ‘Architecture and Freedom’ season, Reiner de Graaf, partner at OMA, reflects on architecture’s different roles in today’s globalized world.
Join us for this talk by Owen Hopkins, RA Architecture Programme Curator, who discusses Nicholas Hawksmoor’s career and shows how over their history Hawksmoor’s buildings have been ignored, abused, altered, recovered and celebrated.
In the final lecture of our ‘Architecture and Freedom’ season, newly elected Royal Academician, Farshid Moussavi, discusses architecture’s function as an agent in shaping everyday life.
The General Assembly Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Acclaimed author Elif Shafak leads a discussion on her sumptuous historical novel ‘The Architect’s Apprentice’, set during the height of the Ottoman Empire.
Blaspheming artists get all the press. But contemporary artists are among the most profound and sensitive commentators on religion today, Dr Aaron Rosen argues in his new book, ‘Art + Religion in the 21st Century’.