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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.
Details of the RA’s 2016 Programme can be downloaded from media kits below.
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24 September 2016 – 2 January 2017
In September 2016, the Royal Academy of Arts will present the first major exhibition of Abstract Expressionism to be held in the UK in almost six decades. With over 150 paintings, sculptures and photographs from public and private collections across the world, this ambitious exhibition encompasses masterpieces by the most acclaimed American artists associated with the movement – among them, Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Phillip Guston, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Aaron Siskind, David Smith and Clyfford Still, as well as lesser-known but no less vital artists.
The Royal Academy of Arts’ 248th Summer Exhibition will be coordinated by the leading British sculptor and Royal Academician Richard Wilson. Comprising a range of media, the Summer Exhibition, the world’s largest open submission exhibition, provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists and architects to showcase their recent work to an international audience. As this year’s coordinator, Wilson will present a varied and thought-provoking Summer Exhibition, integrating work by renowned artistic duos.
Bill Jacklin RA: The Graphic Work 1961-2016 will present for the first time a retrospective of over 50 years of Jacklin’s etchings, lithographs, screenprints and monotypes alongside new works created for the exhibition. Inspired by New York, the city to which he moved thirty years ago, British-born artist and Royal Academician Bill Jacklin (b. 1943) takes as his subjects the people, light, movement and atmosphere of the city. This exhibition will provide an opportunity to consider his prolific career as a graphic artist and will coincide with the publication of Bill Jacklin: Graphics published by RA Publications in May 2016.
In March 2016, the Royal Academy of Arts will present In the Age of Giorgione, a focused survey of the Venetian Renaissance during the first decade of the sixteenth century. The exhibition will shed new light on this pivotal period, which laid the foundations for the Golden Age of Venetian painting. It will bring together around 50 works from public institutions and private collections across Europe and the United States, by celebrated artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Giovanni Bellini, Sebastiano del Piombo and Lorenzo Lotto, while offering an opportunity to rediscover other less well known artists such as Giovanni Cariani. The exhibition will also consider the influence of Albrecht Dürer who visited Venice in 1505–6.
Drawing – The Lines of Time will present a new series of 26 drawings by the abstract sculptor Ann Christopher RA (b. 1947) alongside one sculpture, The Edge of Light (2002). The artist began this project while working in Southern France near the town of Albi and describes the forms represented as originating from her experience of the ‘ever-changing effects of the climate and light on the landscape’ in the area.
The Royal Academy of Arts and St Pancras International announce Royal Academician Ron Arad as the second artist for the Terrace Wires Commission
London, 27 April 2016: The Royal Academy of Arts announced today that Royal Academician Ron Arad has been selected as the second artist to be commissioned for Terrace Wires at St Pancras International, the station’s public commissioning programme for new artwork by leading international artists. Thought of Train of Thought will be unveiled at St Pancras International station on the morning of 7 July 2016.
The Royal Academy of Arts featured in official commemorative album for The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration at Windsor
London, 20 April 2016: While The Queen’s actual birthday is on 21 April and her official birthday is on a Saturday in June, The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration will take place from 12 to 15 May 2016 in Home Park, Windsor Castle, and will celebrate The Queen’s life.
As part of these celebrations, publisher St James’s House has produced an official commemorative album for the event – the only publication sanctioned and endorsed by the organisers. In the area of the visual arts, one of the organisations selected to appear in the publication is the Royal Academy of Arts.
Royal Academy of Arts announces election of new Royal Academicians, Honorary Royal Academicians and Honorary Fellow
London, 14 April 2016: The Royal Academy of Arts has elected Sonia Boyce as a Royal Academician in the category of Painting. International artists Olafur Eliasson and Jenny Holzer have been elected as Honorary Royal Academicians. The Duke of Devonshire and Agnes Gund have been elected as Honorary Fellows.
London, 4 April 2016; In July 2015 the Royal Academy of Arts launched Urban Jigsaw, an ideas competition which offered a platform for architects to develop speculative proposals for brownfield sites and undeveloped spaces across London. As the capital’s population fast approaches 10 million, the open call competition asked for ideas that were creative, research-driven and capable of realising the potential of these missing pieces of London’s urban jigsaw.
Grayson Perry RA cutting his birthday cake at the RA Schools Annual Dinner and Auction 2015
Photo: Red Photographic
Leading artists donate work to the 2016 RA Schools Auction to support Britain's longest established art school
London, 19 February 2016: The 10th annual Royal Academy Schools Dinner and Auction 2016 will be held on Tuesday 15 March 2016 at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. All auction proceeds support the RA Schools, the UK’s longest established art school. This year the guest speaker is Philippa Perry, well-known psychotherapist and wife of Grayson Perry RA.
The Royal Academy of Arts announces Richard Wilson RA as the co-ordinator for the Summer Exhibition 2016
London, 17 February 2016: The Royal Academy of Arts 248th Summer Exhibition will be co-ordinated by the leading British sculptor and Royal Academician Richard Wilson. The hanging committee for the Summer Exhibition 2016 includes the Royal Academicians Stephen Chambers, Louisa Hutton, Bill Jacklin, Jock McFadyen, David Mach, Cathie Pilkington, David Remfry, Ian Ritchie and Bill Woodrow. The Summer Exhibition, the world’s largest open submission exhibition, provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists and architects to showcase their works to an international audience.
The Space and the Royal Academy of Arts use 360º technology to offer an immersive experience of Ai Weiwei's 2015 exhibition to audiences online
London, 21 January 2016: Following the success of Ai Weiwei, which received 372,813 visitors, The Space and the Royal Academy of Arts will extend the audience reach and the life of the landmark exhibition further with the launch of Ai Weiwei 360. Through innovative 360º technology, audiences are invited to experience this landmark show from the comfort of their own homes or on the move using their desktop, tablet, smartphone or virtual reality headset.
Brian Catling in collaboration with David Tolley,Zooed,2011.
Photo: David Tolley.
Royal Academy of Arts announces election of new Royal Academician, new Professors for the RA Schools and Honorary Surveyor
London, 15 January 2016: The Royal Academy of Arts has elected Brian Catling as a Royal Academician in the category of sculpture. Chantal Joffe RA (replacing Fiona Rae RA) has been appointed Professor of Painting and Cathie Pilkington RA (replacing Richard Wilson RA) as Professor of Sculpture for the Royal Academy Schools. Roger Zogolovitch has also been elected as Honorary Surveyor.
Extended opening hours and a 56 hour round-the-clock opening for final weekend of Ai Weiwei
London, 5 November 2015: Due to the success of Ai Weiwei, the Royal Academy of Arts will be extending opening hours for the exhibition’s final four weekends. The exhibition will remain open until midnight on Saturday 21 November, Saturday 28 November and Saturday 5 December 2015. For the first time in the Royal Academy’s 247th year history, 56 hours of round-the-clock entry into the galleries will also take place for the closing three days of the exhibition. Ai Weiwei will remain open, without closure, for 56 hours from 10am on Friday 11 December until 6pm on Sunday 13 December.
Royal Academy of Arts reveals new hoarding design created by local students with support from Richard Wilson RA and HLF
London, 10 February 2016: The Royal Academy of Arts has partnered with local students to design a section of the scaffold hoarding which will cover the façade of Burlington Gardens throughout the Royal Academy’s transformative redevelopment. The students created the design with artist Diana Taylor, alongside advice from Royal Academician Richard Wilson, and funding provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The final hoarding artwork will be revealed to the public on 24 February 2016.
Keystone of British cultural history revealed for first time in 100 years
London, 27 October 2015: The Charter for the Society of Artists of Great Britain and its associated Roll of Obligation have been rediscovered at the Royal Academy of Arts 250 years after the Society’s foundation in 1765. Thought to be missing, these documents are central to the story of British cultural history signifying the formalisation of artists as a professional group in Britain in the late eighteenth century. The Society was crucial to the foundation of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1768, when a cabal of artists broke away from the Society and formed the Academy instead.
The Royal Academy’s north-facing Entrance, Burlington Gardens
Image credit: Hayes Davidson
The Royal Academy of Arts unveils plans for 250th anniversary redevelopment
London, 11 May 2015: The Royal Academy of Arts, Britain’s foremost artist-led institution, today unveiled designs for a transformative redevelopment which will be completed in time for its 250th anniversary in 2018. The project is supported by a grant of £12.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).