From the set designer behind Beyoncé to the Royal Academicians Gilbert and George RA, the 2018 Festival of Ideas was at the front line of thought-provoking debate. Keep an eye out for the next one, with speakers announced in the New Year.
The RA has always been a place of lively debate. Ideas that shaped British art were thrashed out here, whether Reynolds’s classical ideals or Constable’s then-radical insistence on painting from nature.
Today’s conversations have moved forward into challenging and provoking new territories, with artists and creators confronting the big questions of our age. In 2018 — as we marked our 250th anniversary and the launch of our new cultural campus in the heart of London — we welcomed an inspiring line-up of innovators in diverse fields to explore current issues and reveal how they think and create.
Speakers included musician and artist Goldie, artistic director of the English National Ballet Tamara Rojo, artist and designer Es Devlin, Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, Royal Academician Gilbert and George RA, Man Booker Prize-winning novelist Howard Jacobson and The Sunday Times art critic and award winning broadcaster Waldemar Januszczak amongst others. Events ranged from interviews and panel discussions to family workshops, all which took place in the spectacular setting of our new Benjamin West Lecture Theatre and Clore Learning Centre.
Now we’re lining up a new raft of speakers for our second incarnation in May 2019, look out for details coming soon.
This event took place between 7 - 16 September, 2018.