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Royal Academy of Arts celebrate its 250th Anniversary with a programme of Exhibitions and Events

In 2018, museums, galleries and art institutions across the United Kingdom will take part in RA250 UK, a major nationwide programme of talks, exhibitions and events to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts.

The wide ranging programme will run throughout 2018, celebrating the Royal Academicians, past and present, showing the impact they have had across the UK. An interactive online map outlining the events and exhibitions taking place is now live at royal academy.org.uk/ ra250uk.

The main focus of the celebrations is a series of 12 events with Royal Academicians in 12 different locations across 12 months. These will include Gilbert & George RA at The New Art Gallery, Walsall; Alison Wilding RA at Leeds Art Gallery; Eva Rothschild RA at the Pier Art Centre, Orkney; and Christopher Le Brun PRA at The Munnings Art Museum, Essex.

RA250 UK also includes:

In the North West, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester – Annie Swynnerton Painting Light and Hope (23 February 2018 – 6 January 2019), the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool – Sean Scully: 1970 (14 July – 14 October 2018) and Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal – History of the Royal Academy (2 March – 9 June 2018) and Women of the Royal Academy (11 May – 28 July 2018).

In the North East, the Great North Museum, Newcastle – The Great Exhibition of the North (22 June – 9 September 2018); Laing Art Gallery and Hatton Gallery, Newcastle – Sean Scully: 1970 (10 February – 28 May 2018) and the South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, Newcastle – Capturing a Star: Dame Flora Robson and other works by Dame Ethel Walker (22 September 2018 – 2 March 2019).

In the Midlands, Nottingham City Museums & Galleries, Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire – Harmonising Landscapes – Paul Sandby RA (16 June 2018 – 6 January 2019).

In the South West, Castle Drogo, National Trust, Exeter – Peter Randall-Page RA at Castle Drogo (Until 18 September 2018) and Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth – Making and Breaking the Rules: The Royal Academy 250 at the Russell-Cotes (4 May – 14 October 2018).

In the South East, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge – RA250 at the Fitzwilliam Museum (5 February – 31 December 2018); Pallant House Gallery, Chichester – Cathie Pilkington RA (6 October 2018 – TBC February 2019) and Leonard Rosoman: Painting Theatre (3 February – 24 April 2018); and Southampton Art Gallery – Christopher Le Brun: Composer (15 September 2018 – 13 January 2019).

In London, the Royal Academy is partnering in an unprecedented collaboration with the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery to present three exhibitions of Royal Academician Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE, PORTRAIT, STILL LIFE.


Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT, National Portrait Gallery, 15 March – 28 May 2018

Tacita Dean: STILL LIFE, National Gallery, 15 March – 28 May 2018

Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE, Royal Academy of Arts, 19 May – 12 August 2018

In Scotland, the Scottish Maritime Museum, Glasgow – William Lionel Wyllie RA: War and the Sea (31 May – 25 September 2018) and The Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture, Edinburgh – Barbara Rae RA RSA – Any Ordinary Journey: Following in the footsteps of Dr John Rae (4 August – 9 September 2018).

In Wales, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth – Discourse: Reynolds to Rego, 250 Years of Royal Academicians in Print (11 June – 31 August 2018).

In addition, The Space has commissioned Objects of Obsession, a series of filmed in-conversations with Royal Academicians and the RA’s Artistic Director Tim Marlow, which will be live streamed to a global audience. The series will explore the relationship between the RAs and the work of other artists who are important to their practice and will be hosted by the gallery or museum which houses the piece the artists have chosen. It will feature Cornelia Parker RA at Bethlem Museum of the Mind, 16 February; followed by Sonia Boyce RA at Manchester Art Gallery, 8 March; and Bob and Roberta Smith RA at The New Art Gallery Walsall, March. The events will be streamed on each gallery’s website, YouTube and Facebook, establishing a network of shared content for online audiences.

For more information , visit the Royal Academy website here

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