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The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts
Chaired by the Observer journalist and critic, Rachel Cooke, two prize-winning authors and illustrators discuss the art of the graphic novel.
£12, £8 concessions
Over the last 20 years there has been an unprecedented expansion in the number of museums. There are now over 2,600 museums in the UK, five times as many as there were 100 years ago. But do we need so many and is it sustainable? How can they remain relevant and appeal to new diverse audiences?
£16, £10 concessions
Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre Rupert Goold and playwright James Graham come together to talk about making theatre that is inspired by real and recent events and their shared ambition to make theatre more accessible.
Three award-winning artists from the world of film, literature and visual art examine how class has shaped and influenced their individual creative outputs.
Renowned British portrait photographer David Bailey joins RA Artistic Director Tim Marlow to discuss his creative process, how it has evolved over half a century, his experience of getting older and the art world today.
£20, £12 concessions.
The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
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.
In this lecture, author and historian David Cannadine reveals how Churchill’s passion for art went beyond that of a private hobby, forming an essential part of his public persona.
£20, £12 concessions
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.
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 rare treat as author, illustrator and Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child discusses the art and joy in creating children’s books with writer, journalist and author Nicolette Jones.
£10, £5 concessions
Novels written for young adults (YA) are widely recognised for confronting taboo topics including drugs, underage sex and racism. Join three leading authors as they reflect on the scope of the YA genre and its wide-ranging themes.
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.
Akram Khan, one of the most respected dance artists working in the UK today talks about his lifelong passion for dance, the power of storytelling and the joys and challenges of creative collaboration.
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.
Thomas Heatherwick, Founder of Heatherwick Studio, will talk about a number of the studio’s past and present projects. The lecture will be followed by a conversation with RA Head of Architecture, Kate Goodwin.