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The Royal Academy of Arts was founded by George III in 1768. Governed by artists to 'promote the arts of design' and was the first institution in Great Britain devoted solely to the promotion of the visual arts. The Royal Academy raised the standing of art, artists and architecture. It has held an annual selling exhibition since its formation and held its first loan exhibition in 1870 of 'Ancient Masters'. It now enjoys an unrivalled reputation as a venue for exhibitions of international importance.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Sat-Thurs 10.00-18.00
Fri 10.00-22.00

Admission charges

Varies with each exhibition

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Collection details

Design, Fine Art, Architecture

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Edge of Printing

  • 27 April — 23 October 2016 *on now

Tess Jaray RA presents works on paper by selected Royal Academicians, including Rebecca Salter, Anne Desmet and Peter Freeth alongside a number of invited artists.

Celebrating the developments within contemporary printmaking practice including etchings, monoprints, lithographs, woodblocks, silkscreens and three-dimensional digital prints, this collection explores the way in which traditional techniques have evolved and examines some of the new technologies which are offering artists ever-changing methods of producing work.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/art-sales-edge-of-printing

Ken Howard’s Switzerland

  • 28 April — 23 October 2016 *on now

Inspired by Turner, Ken Howard RA’s en plein air paintings of Switzerland reveal the landscape in a new light.

For the fourth in the Academicians in Focus series, we are proud to present a selection of small paintings by Ken Howard RA made during his extensive travels in Switzerland.

Inspired by J.M.W. Turner’s numerous tours in 1841, Ken Howard RA made five visits to Switzerland, which totally changed his perception of the country. These expeditions resulted in one hundred plein-air oil paintings on board and canvas of monumental landscapes, reflecting lakes and historical towns. This will be the first time that these paintings have been exhibited.

Born in 1932, Howard has exhibited widely within the UK and internationally and his work is held in numerous public collections. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1991 and awarded an OBE in 2010. He continues to live and work in London.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/academicians-in-focus-ken-howard-ra

Bill Jacklin RA: The Graphic Work 1961 – 2016

  • 3 June — 28 August 2016 *on now

In the first ever retrospective of Bill Jacklin RA’s graphic work, etchings from the 1960s are shown alongside newly created monotypes.

For Bill Jacklin RA, draughtsmanship is at the heart of his work: “It is the conduit through which I see the world.” Through drawing and experimenting with different print techniques, he captures the light and atmosphere of his subjects, always looking, he explains, “for the magic”.

This exhibition is the first ever retrospective of Jacklin’s graphic work. It includes his experiments with etchings in the 1960s through to monotypes newly created for this show. The subjects he depicts range from intense studies of his dying father to joyous representations of his adopted home – New York, the city he moved to 30 years ago. His themes are people, light and movement whether they are the bustling crowds of Grand Central Station or skaters in Central Park.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult Gift Aid - £4.00
General Admission - £3.00
Under 16 - Free
Person with Disability - £3.00
Carer/Facilitator of Disabled Person - Free

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/bill-jacklin-the-graphic-work

Peter Cook RA: Floating Ideas

  • 8 June — 2 October 2016 *on now

Visionary architect and educator Sir Peter Cook RA creates an installation in the Architecture Space that evokes a world of architectural possibilities through over 60 drawings submitted to the Summer Exhibition from the mid-1960s to the present day.

Floating Ideas presents the opportunity to discover Peter Cook RA’s architectural thinking through a series of drawings. The display includes fantastical drawings created in the spirit of 1960s avant-garde architectural group Archigram, drawings submitted to competitions, and drawings of realised buildings. Clear to the viewer is Cook’s insatiable curiosity and keen observation of life, and his presentation of innovative architectural propositions that challenge convention and imagine new possibilities for buildings and cities. Comprised of over 60 works that Cook has submitted to the annual Summer Exhibition, the exhibition provides a snapshot into his early ideas, shows his evolving practice and highlights the collaborations which have energised the work.

Cook has submitted works regularly to the Summer Exhibition since the 1960s, seeing it as a valuable opportunity to put architectural ideas in front of a public. His first submission from 1964, a collaboration with the late Theo Crosby RA for Taylor Woodrow Design Group, detailed a proposal for a housing scheme in Fulham. Other early works on display include conceptual ideas such as Sponge Building and Arcadia, and competition proposals for buildings designed with Christine Hawley.

Since his election to the Royal Academy in 2003, Cook has submitted each year. These drawings, models and photographs include buildings now realised, such as projects with Gavin Robotham, CRAB studio, the law faculty for Vienna Business and Economics University, and the School of Architecture at Bond University, Australia.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/peter-cook-ra-floating-ideas

Summer Exhibition 2016

  • 13 June — 21 August 2016 *on now

Get ready to discover your new favourite artist as we head into a summer of colour at the RA. From painting to installation art, you’ll find it all at the Summer Exhibition.

For 247 years, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition has offered a snapshot of contemporary art – and this year’s exhibition is a riot of colour, variety and discovery with over 1,100 works spilling out from our galleries.

The Summer Exhibition is the world’s oldest open-submission exhibition: its earliest exhibitors included the likes of Reynolds, Constable and Turner. With many works in the exhibition on sale, the show also gives you a chance to own some original art while supporting the historic Royal Academy Schools
artwork sales help us to continue the free tuition that we have offered for nearly 250 years.

With everything from painting, printmaking and sculpture through to installation, photography and film, this is a show unlike any other.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13.50 (without donation £12). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/summer-exhibition-2016

David Hockney RA: 77 Portraits, 2 Still Lifes

  • 2 July — 2 October 2016 *on now

David Hockney returns to the RA with a remarkable new body of work. Embracing portraiture with a renewed creative vigour, he offers an intimate snapshot of the LA art world and the people who have crossed his path over the last two years.

After his monumental landscape exhibition burst to life in our Main Galleries in 2012, Hockney turned away from painting and from his Yorkshire home, returning to Los Angeles. Slowly he began to return to the quiet contemplation of portraiture, beginning with a depiction of his studio manager. Over the months that followed, he became absorbed by the genre and invited sitters from all areas of his life into his studio.

His subjects – all friends, family and acquaintances – include office staff, fellow artists, curators and gallerists such as John Baldessari and Larry Gagosian. Each work is the same size, showing his sitter in the same chair, against the same vivid blue background and all were painted in the same time frame of three days. Yet Hockney’s virtuoso paint handling allows their differing personalities to leap off the canvas with warmth and immediacy.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£11.50 (without donation £10). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/david-hockney-portraits

Abstract Expressionism

  • 24 September 2016 — 2 January 2017

Abstract Expressionism will forever be associated with the energy and vibrancy of 1950s New York. Artists like Pollock, Rothko and de Kooning injected a new sense of confidence in painting, experimenting with improvisation, spontaneity and colour.

This ambitious and long overdue exhibition will bring together some of the finest works associated with the movement from around the world.

London has seen retrospectives of the most famous proponents of Abstract Expressionism over the decades, but this is the first time since 1959 that the movement as a whole will be represented in one landmark show. It is an opportunity for us re-evaluate an artistic phenomenon, and make the case that far from being unified, Abstract Expressionism was in fact far more complex and ever-changing.

In addition to featuring work of the most celebrated artists associated with the movement: Kline, Pollock, Rothko, Newman, Still, de Kooning, Smith, Reinhardt and Gorky, we will also display work by lesser-known – but no less influential – artists to reveal the extraordinary breadth of a movement that gave New York City an artistic identity for the first time.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£16.50 (without donation £15). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/abstract-expressionism

Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans

  • 29 October 2016 — 29 January 2017

The theatrical, the satirical and the macabre come together in arresting fashion in the art of James Ensor. Curated by Luc Tuymans, this exhibition will present a truly original body of work, seen through the eyes of one of today’s leading painters.

Despite spending his whole professional life in the Belgian seaside town of Ostend, James Ensor was very successful in his lifetime and exerted considerable influence on the development of Expressionism. An innovator and an outsider, he rebelled against the conservative art teachings of the late 19th century academy in Brussels, drawn instead to the avant-garde salons where his radical creative vision could thrive.

Ensor’s childhood spent among the fantastical treasures of his family’s curiosity shop offers a clue as to how the seeds of this wild imagination were sown. The imagery of masks and carnivals runs through much of his work, from vibrant colours and flamboyant costumes to an ever-present sense of drama and satire.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£11.50 (without donation £10). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/james-ensor-luc-tuymans

Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
Piccadilly
London
Greater London
W1J 0BD
England

Website

www.royalacademy.org.uk/

E-mail

events.lectures@royalacademy.org.uk

Telephone

020 7300 8000

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