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News from the Academy
From the appointment of new Academicians to the latest updates on the Academy’s redevelopment plans, this is where you’ll find all our news announcements.
We have an exciting array of exhibitions coming up this year. Find out more about our future programme of exhibitions, including Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne, Richard Diebenkorn and Ai Weiwei here.
In January 2016, the Royal Academy of Arts will present Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, a major exhibition examining the role of gardens in the paintings of Claude Monet and his contemporaries. With Monet as the starting point, the exhibition will span the early 1860s to the 1920s, a period of tremendous social change and innovation in the arts, and will include Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde artists of the early twentieth century. It will bring together over 120 works, from public institutions and private collections across Europe and the USA, including 35 paintings by Monet alongside rarely seen masterpieces by Paul Klee, Emil Nolde, Gustav Klimt and Wassily Kandinsky.
In September 2015, the Royal Academy of Arts will present a landmark exhibition of the Honorary Royal Academician, Ai Weiwei. Although Ai is one of China’s leading contemporary artists, his work has not been seen extensively in Britain and the Royal Academy will present the first major institutional survey of his artistic output. The exhibition will include significant works from 1993 onwards, the date that marks Ai Weiwei’s return to China following more than a decade living in New York. Ai Weiwei will create new, site-specific installations and interventions throughout the Royal Academy’s spaces.
In July 2015, the Royal Academy of Arts will present an exhibition of works by American artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972). Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust will offer an overview of the artist’s inventive oeuvre, surveying around 80 of Cornell’s remarkable box constructions, assemblages, collages and films.
The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show. Now in its 247th year, this exhibition continues the tradition of showcasing work by both emerging and established artists in all media, including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and film.
This year, the exhibition is being coordinated by the leading British artist and influential teacher, Michael Craig-Martin RA.
Cornelia Parker RA in St Pancras International station.
Photo: HS1 Ltd.
From 28 May 2015
Details of a four year partnership with HS1 Ltd. (owners of St Pancras International station) to develop Terrace Wires, the station’s commissioning programme for new artwork by leading international artists. The first work selected for the commission is by Cornelia Parker RA, whose work One More Time (2015) is a working replica of the station’s DENT London clock.
RA awarded £1 million grant for Clore Learning Centre
The Royal Academy of Arts has been awarded a grant of £1 million from the Clore Duffield
Foundation for the new Clore Learning Centre, which forms part of the major redevelopment to transform Burlington Gardens and enable the RA to share and interpret its heritage for a broad 21st century audience.
The Royal Academy of Arts is proud to be involved for the first time this year in the historic Lord Mayor’s Show. Participants from the Royal Academy’s Learning programme will join RA staff and volunteers to take part in the magnificent Lord Mayor’s procession as it makes its way through London on Saturday 8 November. The float incorporates the artwork (pictured above) of Tony Allan, a learning disabled artist.
RA announces free access to exhibitions for under 16s
The Royal Academy of Arts today announced the introduction of a new policy offering free access to all exhibitions for young people under the age of 16. As part of the Royal Academy’s commitment to nurturing young artists of the future, the RA is extending its current offer of free exhibition entry for children under 12 to include young adults under 16 years old.
RA collaborates with BBC Arts in major partnership to celebrate the Summer Exhibition
This summer, the Royal Academy of Arts is collaborating with BBC Arts in a major partnership to celebrate the Summer Exhibition 2014. This will comprise coverage on BBC Arts Online, a BBC Two programme and an exhibition of works by the finalists from The One Show Summer Art Competition 2014.
RA takes part in Bicester Village's fifth annual British Designer's Collective Boutique in partnership with the British Fashion Council
For the first time the Royal Academy of Arts will feature work by artists from RA Editions at the British Designers’ Collective at Bicester Village from 21 May – 17 August 2014. Now in its fifth year, the Collective teams up with the British Fashion Council to showcase rising design talent in a dedicated pop-up boutique.
The RA announces an artists exchange programme between the RA Schools, The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing and practising artists in Hong Kong
The Royal Academy of Arts announced today the establishment of a three-year artist-in-residence exchange programme between Hong Kong, Beijing and London. The programme has been developed by Arts in Heritage Research Limited, Hong Kong (AHR), the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Royal Academy of Arts, London (RA).
Stephen Chambers: The Big Country and Other Stories at Pera Museum, Istanbul
In May 2014 the Pera Museum, Istanbul, will exhibit The Big Country and Other Stories by the Royal Academician Stephen Chambers. This is the first time that the Royal Academy of Arts, London, has collaborated with the Pera Museum to curate an exhibition of work by a Royal Academician.
The RA exhibits courtyard installation of sculpture by Lynn Chadwick RA
The Royal Academy of Arts, in collaboration with Blain Southern gallery, London, presents a major installation in the RA Courtyard of four large-scale sculptures by Lynn Chadwick RA (1914 - 2003) to celebrate the centenary of his birth.
The Royal Academy of Arts elects the architect Louisa Hutton and sculptor Rebecca Warren as new Royal Academicians; the artist El Anatsui and architect Peter Zumthor as Honorary Academicians; the theatre director Nicholas Hytner and author Svetlana Alpers as Honorary Fellows; and the artist Michael Landy RA as the new Eranda Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy Schools.
We have dedicated press viewings for every exhibition. After the press view, our galleries remain open to all AICA, NUJ and CIoJ card holders until two weeks before the exhibition closing date. We also offer discretionary access to working journalists who are covering our exhibitions, get in touch to find out more.
Filming and photography
As a working art institution we can’t always accommodate every request for filming and photography, but we’re always happy to hear from you if you’d like to arrange a shoot here. Filming and photography are always allowed on press viewings of exhibitions and we can also arrange out of hours access for crews (although you’ll need to avoid filming while we’re open to the public).
Stay in touch
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