RA Access and Communities

RA Access and Communities This page provides information on the Access & Communities programme news and events taking place at the Royal Academy of Arts. The Royal Academy's Access & Communities programme welcomes disabled visitors, their families, friends and carers.
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We take pride in championing artists and creatives facing barriers to accessing arts and culture. Our galleries are fully accessible and we have a wide range of facilities and programmes to support our visitors. Whether you’re taking part in our programme of multi-sensory workshops, enjoying an audio described tour in the galleries or just popping in for a visit, we’ll do everything we can to make sure your experience of the RA is enjoyable, comfortable and memorable. For more detailed info on each programme and on Access resources, visit our website: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/access-at-the-ra

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Our friends at Queen's Gallery are offering a Quiet Evening for Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing for those who might...
15/05/2019
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Our friends at Queen's Gallery are offering a Quiet Evening for Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing for those who might benefit from a quieter, less crowded gallery experience on Wednesday, 12 Jun 2019.

Learn more about get tickets at the following link: https://www.rct.uk/whatson/event/927918/Quiet-evening

We wanted to share an opportunity for people who are blind or have partial sight interested in architecture! Dis/ordinar...
26/04/2019
Architecture Beyond Sight - Disability Arts Online

We wanted to share an opportunity for people who are blind or have partial sight interested in architecture!

Dis/ordinary Architecture is running a free summer course from 22nd - 26th July 2019, Architecture Beyond Sight. This course is open to blind and partially sighted people over 18 years of age. Accomodation and support for access requirements will be provided.

Email [email protected] for further details and to learn more about applying.

You can also learn more about this opportunity online at following link: http://disabilityarts.online/events/architecture-beyond-sight/

Pilot course for blind and partially sighted people interested in …

How can we engage children with special educational needs & disabilities (SEND) in creative experiences and making art? ...
08/03/2019

How can we engage children with special educational needs & disabilities (SEND) in creative experiences and making art? We’ll explore diverse approaches through workshops, talks, networking, and discussion at the #WhyandHow2019 conference at the RA.

Learn more and book your ticket at the link below! http://roy.ac/whyandhow19

We wanted to share an exciting opportunity for disabled artists from Shape Arts! Shape Arts is offering four Emergence B...
14/11/2018
Apply for an Emergence Bursary

We wanted to share an exciting opportunity for disabled artists from Shape Arts!

Shape Arts is offering four Emergence Bursaries of up to £1500 to emerging artists who feel isolated, marginalised, or have low confidence to tackle the lack of accessible opportunities in mainstream settings. The deadline to apply for these bursaries is coming up quickly on Monday 19 November.

To learn more and apply for these bursaries, visit Shape’s website: https://www.shapearts.org.uk/news/emergence

Targeting emerging disabled artists, this pilot project will provide a £1500 bursary and bespoke support to develop your practice.

We wanted to take a moment to promote InPractice artist Regina Mendes' exhibition 'Dreams and a Heart' at the Omnibus Th...
07/11/2018

We wanted to take a moment to promote InPractice artist Regina Mendes' exhibition 'Dreams and a Heart' at the Omnibus Theatre, on now until November 17. Be sure to stop by, view the exhibition, and create a doll to add to it!

Regina's exhibition has been extended and will now be open until November 24!

Are you a disabled artist or a creative person facing barriers to accessing the art world looking to share your practice...
25/10/2018

Are you a disabled artist or a creative person facing barriers to accessing the art world looking to share your practice? Would you like to present your work at InPractice at the Royal Academy of Arts?

At InPractice events, we welcome up to 10 disabled artists and creative people facing barriers accessing the art world to share their practice with others. Artists present their practice, accompanied by a series of slide images of finished artworks or projects in process. Learn more about InPractice here: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/event/inpractice-access-community-programme-artist-presentations

If you are interested in presenting on Friday 9 November or any future InPractice, please contact us at [email protected] or 020 7300 5732.

Join us tonight 6-8:30pm for InPractice at the Royal Academy of Arts, a space where disabled artists or those with an ar...
12/10/2018

Join us tonight 6-8:30pm for InPractice at the Royal Academy of Arts, a space where disabled artists or those with an artistic practice facing barriers to accessing the art world can share their work. This event is free with refreshments provided. We hope to see you there!

Join us for a tour of Oceania for wheelchair users and mobility impaired visitors on Monday 15 October, 9-11am! Marking ...
07/10/2018
Tour of ‘Oceania’ for mobility impaired visitors | Event | Royal Academy of Arts

Join us for a tour of Oceania for wheelchair users and mobility impaired visitors on Monday 15 October, 9-11am! Marking 250 years since Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific, Oceania brings together around 200 works to celebrate the diverse creativity of the region of Oceania. This event is free with booking required.

Learn more and book online here: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/event/tour-of-oceania-for-mobility-impaired-visitors-october-access-event

Image: Ta Moko panel, 1896-99, New Zealand. Carved panel, wood, shell, paint. Supplied courtesy of National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Join us for a BSL tour of Oceania on Saturday 17 November, 2-3pm! Marking 250 years since Cook’s first voyage to the Pac...
05/10/2018

Join us for a BSL tour of Oceania on Saturday 17 November, 2-3pm! Marking 250 years since Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific, this exhibition brings together works to celebrate the diverse creativity of the region of Oceania.

You can learn more about this event and book tickets here: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/event/oceania-bsl-tour

We wanted to share a great event that ActionSpace will be hosting tonight at Autograph's Thursday Late! Learn more about...
27/09/2018
Thursday Late at Autograph Gallery – actionspace

We wanted to share a great event that ActionSpace will be hosting tonight at Autograph's Thursday Late! Learn more about the Action Space artists presenting their practice and RSVP to the event here: https://autograph.org.uk/events/thursday-late-action-space-artists

Autograph have teamed up with ActionSpace artists for a relaxed late opening at our Shoreditch gallery. Everyone is welcome to join us for an evening of art, conversation and drinks.

Are you a disabled artist or someone with a creative practice that faces barriers to accessing the art world? We are cur...
07/09/2018
Access and community programme: artist presentations | Event | Royal Academy of Arts

Are you a disabled artist or someone with a creative practice that faces barriers to accessing the art world? We are currently seeking artists to present at InPractice at the RA, an event where we invite artists to present and share their practice.

If you or someone you know is interested in presenting, or you have any questions about this event, please contact us via message or email [email protected]! We would love to hear more about your work.

You can learn more about this event at the following link: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/event/inpractice-access-community-programme-artist-presentations

At this event we invite disabled artists and creative people facing barriers accessing the art world to share their practice with others.

Be sure to join us for our #FestivalofIdeas BSL interpreted and Stagetext captioned events! These thought-provoking thou...
05/09/2018
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Be sure to join us for our #FestivalofIdeas BSL interpreted and Stagetext captioned events!

These thought-provoking thoughts include 'How does the concept of class influence creativity?' with Bob and Roberta Smith RA and 'Duchamp and conceptual art: the joke that went too far or the birth of modern art?'

View the full list of events and book tickets online here: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/events/tag/bsl

Looking for something to do with the family? The RA has two free, drop-in Family Hubs coming up this week! Join us  for ...
20/08/2018

Looking for something to do with the family? The RA has two free, drop-in Family Hubs coming up this week! Join us for free family art activities on Tuesday 21 August and Friday 24 August from 11am-3pm.

Check them out at the following link, and feel free to share with your family and friends! https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/events/tag/families

***This event is unfortunately cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later time.*** Join us on September 1st, 2-3pm, f...
18/08/2018

***This event is unfortunately cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later time.***

Join us on September 1st, 2-3pm, for a tour of the Collections Gallery in British Sign Language with art historian Steve Iliffe! Discover masterpieces on display for the first time such as Michelangelo's Taddei Tondo and Giampetrino’s copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.

This event is free but booking is required. Book tickets online or via phone at 020 7300 8090.

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/event/bsl-tour-making-of-an-artist-collection-gallery

We invite you to join thriller writer Nicci Gerrard in conversation with academic Hannah Zeilig as they look at how the ...
16/08/2018
Art and dementia: Nicci Gerrard and Hannah Zeilig | Event | Royal Academy of Arts

We invite you to join thriller writer Nicci Gerrard in conversation with academic Hannah Zeilig as they look at how the arts can help aid recovery and support longer lives, better lived in their Festival of Ideas talk "Art and Dementia."

We also have a special promo code for this event: RAFOI2018. Use this code to book tickets for this event at the concession rate of £8.

Book your tickets online at https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/event/festival-of-ideas-art-and-dementia

Thriller writer Nicci Gerrard talks about how everyday creativity can keep a person connected to the world around them. In conversation with academic Hannah Zeilig, Gerrard discusses how the arts can keep peop…

Did you know John Everett Millais was the youngest artist ever admitted to the Royal Academy Schools when he was just 11...
11/08/2018

Did you know John Everett Millais was the youngest artist ever admitted to the Royal Academy Schools when he was just 11 years old? Learn about Millais' Isabella and more at our early morning InMotion tour of the Great Spectacle for wheelchair users and mobility impaired visitors on Monday 13 August, 9-11am!

This event is free but booking is required. Book online or by phone at 020 7300 8090. https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/event/tour-of-the-great-spectacle-for-mobility-impaired-visitors

Image: Isabella (1849) by John Everett Millais. Courtesy National Museums Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery.

Join us for the Festival of Ideas at the Royal Academy of Arts, 10 days of electric discussion and debate amongst the gr...
08/08/2018

Join us for the Festival of Ideas at the Royal Academy of Arts, 10 days of electric discussion and debate amongst the great minds in art, architecture, literature, design, film and music!

We will have BSL interpreted and stagetext captioned talks during the festival; check them out at the following link! https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/events/tag/bsl

We wanted to take a moment to share the University of Chichester's Otter Gallery! The Pallant House Gallery Community Pr...
27/06/2018
FILM - Otter Gallery on BBC South Today (01-06-2018)

We wanted to take a moment to share the University of Chichester's Otter Gallery!

The Pallant House Gallery Community Programme have partnered with University of Chichester to create an inclusive exhibition called "Works in Partnership", closing June 10. Artists from Pallant House Gallery’s Community Programme and Partners in Art have worked with Fine Art students to create new art work inspired by the Bishop Otter Trust Collection.

You can learn more about the exhibition here: https://vimeo.com/273129340

This is "FILM - Otter Gallery on BBC South Today (01-06-2018)" by Anne Purkiss on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

There are still tickets available for this Thursday's event 'The Definers of Success - The Successful Artist?' panel dis...
19/06/2018
The definers of success | Event | Royal Academy of Arts

There are still tickets available for this Thursday's event 'The Definers of Success - The Successful Artist?' panel discussion with Yinka Shonibare, Eliza Bonham Carter and Jonathan Watkins. Tickets are free and we'll have Steve Hudson providing BSL interpretation and Stagetext with live captioning. Join us! https://bit.ly/2K6Fc99

Artist Yinka Shonibare MBE RA, Head of the RA Schools, Eliza Bonham Carter, and the Director of Ikon Gallery Jonathan Watkins explore how artistic success is defined and who defines it, in this discussion chai…

Raaccess Programme
21/05/2018

Raaccess Programme

InMind, December 2013. Photo by Roy Matthews
21/05/2018

InMind, December 2013. Photo by Roy Matthews

14/05/2018

Counting down to 19 May, when we open the doors to #TheNewRA – a new home for art and ideas.

Raaccess Programme's cover photo
14/05/2018

Raaccess Programme's cover photo

Raaccess Programme's cover photo
14/05/2018

Raaccess Programme's cover photo

Raaccess Programme
14/05/2018

Raaccess Programme

Are you a teacher? To celebrate its 250th anniversary, the RA is hosting a free evening of talks, workshops and panel di...
10/05/2018
The New RA for teachers | Event | Royal Academy of Arts

Are you a teacher? To celebrate its 250th anniversary, the RA is hosting a free evening of talks, workshops and panel discussions for teachers across its newly expanded campus, with free entry to exhibitions. Book your ticket through the link below to join the discussion and be inspired!

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/event/ra250-teachers-the-new-ra-revealed-free-evening-event

Join the Learning Department for a free evening of exhibitions, workshops and talks across our new campus.

We're currently seeking new volunteers to join our lovely team of existing Access & Community Programmes volunteers! You...
26/03/2018
Careers at the RA | Royal Academy of Arts

We're currently seeking new volunteers to join our lovely team of existing Access & Community Programmes volunteers! You can find details of the role in the 'Volunteers' section of our careers page at the below link. Email [email protected] by Sunday 8 April with your expression of interest form, and feel free to message us with any questions in the meantime!

Like any leading organisation, we know how important it is to value the people who do the hard work day in, day out.

Check out photos from our InTouch Life drawing Workshop for blind and partially sighted visitors that took place on Febr...
07/03/2018

Check out photos from our InTouch Life drawing Workshop for blind and partially sighted visitors that took place on February 10! Thank you to our attendees, as well as our artist educators and volunteers who supported the programme. We hope to welcome everyone back for future art making workshop of this nature!

InTouch Life drawing Workshop, February 10, 2018. Photo by David Katz.

InTouch Life drawing Workshop, February 10, 2018. Photo by David Katz.
07/03/2018

InTouch Life drawing Workshop, February 10, 2018. Photo by David Katz.

This audio described life-drawing workshop was designed for blind and partially sighted visitors.

Artists David Johnson and Harry Baxter lead this life-drawing workshop specifically designed for blind and partially sighted visitors. As a blind artist, David Johnson’s practice is deeply connected with how he experiences the world through other senses. Harry Baxter is an experienced audio describer and knowledgeable life drawer. In collaboration with a life model, they supported attendees to explore different materials and different methods of representing the human form.

We are delighted to hear that InPractice artist Ekaterini Koliakou currently has her work on display as part of the Art ...
23/10/2017

We are delighted to hear that InPractice artist Ekaterini Koliakou currently has her work on display as part of the Art Below project on the underground. Congratulations Ekaterini!

Please join us at our next InPractice event this Friday to hear the artistic inspirations and creative processes of 10 artists as well as see images of their finished artworks or projects in process.

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/event/access-and-community-programme-20171027

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The Royal Academy's Access & Communities programme welcomes disabled visitors, their families, friends and carers. We take pride in championing artists and creatives facing barriers to accessing arts and culture.

Our galleries are fully accessible and we have a wide range of facilities and programmes to support our visitors. Whether you’re taking part in our programme of multi-sensory workshops, enjoying an audio described tour in the galleries or just popping in for a visit, we’ll do everything we can to make sure your experience of the RA is enjoyable, comfortable and memorable.

For more detailed info on each programme and on Access resources, visit our website: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/access-at-the-ra

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