Become a Friend of
John Constable RA
Richard Rogers RA
Sandra Blow RA
Wolfgang Tillmans RA
Cornelia Parker RA
Grayson Perry RA
● Fully booked
The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts
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.
Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
Enjoy an exclusive private view of the Summer Exhibition 2018 and The Great Spectacle away from the crowds, featuring live music, themed cocktails and food with a summer fête twist.
£35 entry / £65 VIP, includes free flowing sparkling wine and access to the Academicians' Room (VIP entry now fully booked).
We invite RA250 Friends and RA250 Supporters to an early morning private view of the Summer Exhibition 2018 and The Great Spectacle, away from the crowds.
£20. RA250 Friends, RA250 Supporters and members of the Academicians' Room only.
The British Academy Room, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts
What is the purpose of art criticism, and what does it take to become a successful critic? Led by Thomas Marks, writer and editor of Apollo magazine, this course offers a unique opportunity to learn about the curious history of art journalism while honing your own skills as a writer and critic.
£420. Includes light refreshments on both days and a wine reception..
The British Academy Room, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly / The Life Room, The RA Schools
In the RA’s 250th year, its international team of experts shares their knowledge of curatorial process and practice for the first time in an intensive expert-led summer course.
£1,800. Includes all materials, light refreshments each day and drinks receptions throughout the week.
Meet at the learning desk in the Front Hall, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
This is an event for blind and partially sighted visitors. Join us for an audio described tour of the exhibition, followed by refreshments and a handling session.
Free, booking required.
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.
Meet in the Front Hall, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
A tour of ‘The Great Spectacle’ in British Sign Language (BSL).
Royal Academy of Arts
Inspired by the fantasylands of Georgian London, the RA transforms into a re-imagined pleasure garden for a magical summer’s night.
Meet in the Front Hall, 6 Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts
A creative workshop inspired by artworks in ‘The Great Spectacle’
Clore Learning Centre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts
Join us as we make our own miniature garden inspired by the techniques used by painter Thomas Gainsborough to create our own paintings.
Free, no booking required.