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13/06/2021
David Hockney on his celebration of spring

“There is no oil painting art, or digital art... There’s only art, actually.”

With David Hockney’s joyful exhibition of spring works filling our galleries – but the artist back at home in his Normandy studio – curator Edith Devaney catches up with him from the RA, pandemic-style.

#HockneySpring

How you look coming out of your vaccination appointment.
07/06/2021

How you look coming out of your vaccination appointment.

How you look coming out of your vaccination appointment.

"When values are so contested and culture wars keep invading culture, it’s important to recognise real brilliance when y...
07/06/2021
Chimps in lingerie from a magical master – Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict review

"When values are so contested and culture wars keep invading culture, it’s important to recognise real brilliance when you see it. Michael Armitage is something very special, a true artist."

#RAMichaelArmitage
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/may/21/chimps-lingerie-magical-master-michael-armitage-paradise-edict-review-royal-academy

The Kenyan painter conjures up delirious forest landscapes and surreal scenes of African city life. But there are dangers lurking in this paradise – as well as superb spoofs on European painting

28/05/2021
How to: make tempura paint

Have a go at making your own paint with eggs, make-up, spices and chalk!

Have you ever eaten a runny egg for breakfast, then struggled to scrub the plate clean? Egg yolks are fast-drying and a strong binder, which makes them perfect for making paint!

In fact, egg tempera is such a long-lasting paint medium that there are still well-preserved paintings from the first century AD.

Who's joining us tonight for Marina Abramović In Conversation?There are still some tickets left for this online event, i...
27/05/2021
Marina Abramović | Event | Royal Academy of Arts

Who's joining us tonight for Marina Abramović In Conversation?

There are still some tickets left for this online event, in which we'll be exploring art, heartbreak and healing in her recent opera project, ‘7 Deaths of Maria Callas’.

Damiani #AbramovicInConversation

https://roy.ac/n7yfxd

Marina Abramović joins the RA’s Director of Exhibitions, Andrea Tarsia, to explore art, heartbreak and healing in her recent opera project, ‘7 Deaths of Maria Callas’.

It’s been wonderful welcoming visitors back to the RA, including HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. During her visit she viewe...
26/05/2021

It’s been wonderful welcoming visitors back to the RA, including HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. During her visit she viewed our exhibitions ‘David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020’ (pictured here, with RA President Rebecca Salter, and Axel Rüger, Secretary and Chief Executive) and ‘Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict’.

In 2016 The Duke of Edinburgh passed on the patronage of the Royal Academy Friends to HRH The Duchess of Cornwall after almost forty years, having been Patron since the scheme was founded in 1977.

It’s been wonderful welcoming visitors back to the RA, including HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. During her visit she viewed our exhibitions ‘David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020’ (pictured here, with RA President Rebecca Salter, and Axel Rüger, Secretary and Chief Executive) and ‘Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict’.

In 2016 The Duke of Edinburgh passed on the patronage of the Royal Academy Friends to HRH The Duchess of Cornwall after almost forty years, having been Patron since the scheme was founded in 1977.

David Hockney RA: “What does the world look like? I don’t think it looks like photographs. You have to find out yourself...
25/05/2021
“I love drawing”: David Hockney on iPad painting and finding joy in Spring | Blog | Royal Academy of Arts

David Hockney RA: “What does the world look like? I don’t think it looks like photographs. You have to find out yourself, you have to draw it.”

During lockdown last spring, Hockney created at least one iPad painting every day.

“I kept drawing the winter trees, and then the small buds that became the blossom, and then the full blossom.”

Read Hockney’s article on adapting his iPad brushes – and why he thinks everyone should draw.

roy.ac/HockneyiPad

#HockneySpring

David Hockney spent lockdown capturing Spring arriving in Normandy. Here, he reflects on how technology has transformed his practice.

‘David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020’ opens today!This new body of work – 116 works in total – has been...
23/05/2021
David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020 | Exhibition | Royal Academy of Arts

‘David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020’ opens today!

This new body of work – 116 works in total – has been ‘painted’ on the iPad and then printed onto paper, with Hockney overseeing all aspects of production.

Made in the spring of 2020, during a period of intense activity at his home in Normandy, this exhibition charts the unfolding of spring, from beginning to end, and is a joyous celebration of the seasons.

Thank you to the generous support of our sponsors for this exhibition: Charles Stanley Wealth Managers, #BottegaVeneta and Offer Waterman.

#HockneySpring

https://roy.ac/qf66gk

In the midst of a pandemic, David Hockney RA captured the unfolding of spring on his iPad, creating 116 new and optimistic works in praise of the natural world.

‘Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict’ opens today! In this exhibition the artist bridges East African and European artistic...
22/05/2021
Michael Armitage | Exhibition | Royal Academy of Arts

‘Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict’ opens today!

In this exhibition the artist bridges East African and European artistic traditions, and includes works by East African artists who have had a great impact on his artistic development: https://roy.ac/uyndnc

#RAMichaelArmitage

An exciting new force in painting, Michael Armitage draws from Titian, Goya, Manet and Gauguin to explore East African culture and folklore.

‘Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict’ opens next week, in an exhibition which bridges East African and European artistic tr...
15/05/2021

‘Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict’ opens next week, in an exhibition which bridges East African and European artistic traditions: https://roy.ac/vsc4y2

Michael Armitage’s ‘The Chicken Thief’ is a painting from a series of works made following the contested Kenyan elections in 2017.

Armitage, however, was not interested in the political characters of the day or in chronicling the events, instead painting the human stories and sometimes surreal scenes.

In this painting, we see a thief triumphantly escaping with two plump chickens. As he runs away, he seems to be urged on by a monkey whose limbs dissolve into flame, while his stride takes him over what could be a pool of petrol, reflecting the fiery scene.

Michael Armitage, ‘The Chicken Thief’, 2019. Oil on Lubugo bark cloth, 200 x 150 cm. Courtesy the Artist and White Cube © Michael Armitage. Photo © White Cube (Theo Christelis)

‘Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict’ opens next week, in an exhibition which bridges East African and European artistic traditions: https://roy.ac/vsc4y2

Michael Armitage’s ‘The Chicken Thief’ is a painting from a series of works made following the contested Kenyan elections in 2017.

Armitage, however, was not interested in the political characters of the day or in chronicling the events, instead painting the human stories and sometimes surreal scenes.

In this painting, we see a thief triumphantly escaping with two plump chickens. As he runs away, he seems to be urged on by a monkey whose limbs dissolve into flame, while his stride takes him over what could be a pool of petrol, reflecting the fiery scene.

Michael Armitage, ‘The Chicken Thief’, 2019. Oil on Lubugo bark cloth, 200 x 150 cm. Courtesy the Artist and White Cube © Michael Armitage. Photo © White Cube (Theo Christelis)

"You can curl up and die – or you can get on with it."Tracey Emin RA discusses her battle with cancer and her show here ...
13/05/2021
BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour, Tracey Emin; Women and Nightclubs; Young Children and Mental Health

"You can curl up and die – or you can get on with it."

Tracey Emin RA discusses her battle with cancer and her show here at the Royal Academy on BBC Woman's Hour.

There are still tickets available for Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul: https://roy.ac/vgfdqq

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000vq57

Tracey Emin on her latest exhibition and re-imaginging nightclubs so women feel safe.

Who's joining us and Lubaina Himid this Wednesday for an hour talking about her career and practice?Himid has sought to ...
10/05/2021
Lubaina Himid in conversation | Royal Academy of Arts

Who's joining us and Lubaina Himid this Wednesday for an hour talking about her career and practice?

Himid has sought to uncover marginalised and silenced histories, figures, and cultural moments. Working across painting, drawing, collage, print and installation, Himid encourages personal encounters with her artworks as well as reflecting on the connections to 18th and 19th-century British art, culture and society.

https://roy.ac/wznlhc

Join Lubaina Himid CBE and the RA's Director of Collections and Learning, Rebecca Lyons, as they explore painting, people and activism in Himid's practice.

06/05/2021

Polite reminder: just because you've had your Covid jab doesn't mean you can lick the paintings when we reopen.

05/05/2021
A slow look: Yinka Shonibare's 'Cheeky Astronomer'

Take ten minutes to meditate as we guide you through a slow, mindful look at Yinka Shonibare RA’s sculpture. Explore all the little details, revel in the colours of the batik fabric, and clear your mind.

Ella, aged 5, thought Van Gogh looked "sad in all his self-portraits so I made him happy and jumping with joy. His color...
01/05/2021

Ella, aged 5, thought Van Gogh looked "sad in all his self-portraits so I made him happy and jumping with joy. His colorful paintings make me happy, I think that would make him happy too."

We're likewise jumping for joy, as Ella's is just one of nearly 33,000 submissions for this year's Young Artists' Summer Show!

🤞 Fingers crossed for all you creative people as our judges get to work 🤞

Ella, aged 5, thought Van Gogh looked "sad in all his self-portraits so I made him happy and jumping with joy. His colorful paintings make me happy, I think that would make him happy too."

We're likewise jumping for joy, as Ella's is just one of nearly 33,000 submissions for this year's Young Artists' Summer Show!

🤞 Fingers crossed for all you creative people as our judges get to work 🤞

Is this classed as meeting indoors or outdoors?Help. We are not lawyers.
23/04/2021

Is this classed as meeting indoors or outdoors?

Help. We are not lawyers.

Is this classed as meeting indoors or outdoors?

Help. We are not lawyers.

Our thoughts are with our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and the Royal Family as HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburg...
17/04/2021

Our thoughts are with our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and the Royal Family as HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is laid to rest today in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. May He rest in peace.

Paul Sandby RA, 'View of Windsor Castle from the banks of the River Thames', 1794. Gouache and watercolour on laid paper. 633 mm x 952 mm. RA Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Our thoughts are with our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and the Royal Family as HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is laid to rest today in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. May He rest in peace.

Paul Sandby RA, 'View of Windsor Castle from the banks of the River Thames', 1794. Gouache and watercolour on laid paper. 633 mm x 952 mm. RA Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Submissions are now open for the Summer Exhibition 2021! Any artist can enter for the chance to be on the Royal Academy'...
14/04/2021
Why you should apply for the Summer Exhibition 2021 | Blog | Royal Academy of Arts

Submissions are now open for the Summer Exhibition 2021! Any artist can enter for the chance to be on the Royal Academy's walls for our annual bonanza of art, and that's a beautiful thing.

This year's co-ordinator, Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, tells us why he thinks you should apply: https://roy.ac/2mdq3g

As submissions open for this year’s Summer Exhibition, co-ordinator Yinka Shonibare explains how he’s “reclaiming magic” in this year’s show – and why you should get involved.

We are saddened to hear of the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness was a dedicated sup...
09/04/2021

We are saddened to hear of the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness was a dedicated supporter of the Royal Academy, serving on the Royal Academy Trust in the 1980s and as Honorary Patron of the RA Friends from 1977 - 2016. Our thoughts are with our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and the Royal Family.

We are saddened to hear of the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness was a dedicated supporter of the Royal Academy, serving on the Royal Academy Trust in the 1980s and as Honorary Patron of the RA Friends from 1977 - 2016. Our thoughts are with our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and the Royal Family.

Renowned artist Yinka Shonibare RA will be co-ordinating this year’s Summer Exhibition on the theme of ‘Reclaiming Magic...
08/04/2021

Renowned artist Yinka Shonibare RA will be co-ordinating this year’s Summer Exhibition on the theme of ‘Reclaiming Magic.’

The exhibition will celebrate the visceral joy of creating art, and give a platform to marginalised or overlooked practitioners who have historically been erased or exploited by the western art narrative.

Submissions for this year’s #RASummer Exhibition open from next Tuesday, and keep an eye on our social media for more information!

Renowned artist Yinka Shonibare RA will be co-ordinating this year’s Summer Exhibition on the theme of ‘Reclaiming Magic.’

The exhibition will celebrate the visceral joy of creating art, and give a platform to marginalised or overlooked practitioners who have historically been erased or exploited by the western art narrative.

Submissions for this year’s #RASummer Exhibition open from next Tuesday, and keep an eye on our social media for more information!

04/04/2021
A slow look: Oriana Reinagle's 'Study of Trees'

Settle in for 5 mindful minutes with Karly Allen on a guided meditation through the details of Oriana Reinagle's 'Study of Trees; view of a church (verso)'.

Oriana was the daughter of Philip Reinagle RA. She was a painter, mostly of landscapes, who exhibited at the RA and British Institution.

Spring is blooming, flowers are everywhere, and it's starting to feel okay.
29/03/2021

Spring is blooming, flowers are everywhere, and it's starting to feel okay.

Spring is blooming, flowers are everywhere, and it's starting to feel okay.

We’re *almost* ready to release tickets for our upcoming exhibitions, including David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, No...
24/03/2021
Stay up to date | Royal Academy of Arts

We’re *almost* ready to release tickets for our upcoming exhibitions, including David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020.

Be the first to know when tickets are available by signing up to our newsletter: https://roy.ac/rt2z63

Be among the first to hear about our upcoming ticket releases as well as the latest exhibition tours, interviews and more to enjoy from home.

21/03/2021
A slow look: John Aldridge's 'Artichokes and Cathay Quinces'

Settle in for 10 mindful minutes with Karly Allen on a guided meditation through the details of John Aldridge RA’s ‘Artichokes and Cathay Quinces’.

A keen gardener, Aldridge saw parallels in the process of developing a garden and a painting.

(and this still life looks good enough to eat!)

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