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Ann Christopher RA: Drawing – The Lines of Time - Royal Academy of Arts

Exhibition preview

ANN Christopher RA: Drawing – The Lines of Time will be on display at the Royal Academy of Arts (Tennant Gallery) from February 25 to May 29, 2016.

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 drawings, which are all in combinations of pastel, crayon and graphite, have never previously been exhibited. The series continues Christopher’s exploration of line, an enduring theme that connects her non-figurative sculpture, drawings and prints.

Ann Christopher RA said: “I wanted to show this series in a contained space and extend the lines into that space, the complexity of the architecture in the Tennant Gallery presented an ideal challenge.”

Ann Christopher RA is a non-figurative sculptor whose elegant and understated works reveal connections with a vast spectrum of sources from across the globe; from rock formations in Menorca and Iceland to fossils from the Cretaceous chalks of Hertfordshire. She works primarily in cast bronze, stainless steel, silver and fabricated Corten steel, comprising both small-scale and large site-specific works.

Christopher has been exhibiting sculpture for over 45 years, during which she has won many awards and prizes, including the Silver Medal for Sculpture of Outstanding Merit by the Royal Society of British Sculptors and the Otto Beit Medal of Sculpture of Outstanding Merit. In 1980, she was the youngest female sculptor to be elected an Associate of the Royal Academy and became a full Royal Academician in 1989.

To coincide with the exhibition, the Royal Academy of Arts is publishing the first monograph on the work of Ann Christopher RA. Full of illustrations and with an introductory essay by Richard Cork, the book is available online at and from the RA shop. Price: £29.95 hardback.

Richard Cork is an art historian, editor, broadcaster and curator. He has been an art critic for the Evening Standard, The Listener, The Times and New Statesman and is an authority on contemporary British sculpture.


Curator’s Talk – An introduction to Ann Christopher RA: Drawing – The Lines of Time in the Tennant Gallery on Tuesday, March 1 from 3 – 3.30pm. Free with an exhibition ticket, no booking required.

Ann Christopher RA: In conversation with Richard Cork – in the Reynolds Room on Monday, March 7 from 1 – 2pm. Free with an exhibition ticket and seats must be reserved.

Ann Christopher RA discusses her extensive body of work and current exhibition at the Royal Academy, Drawing – The Lines of Time, with art critic Richard Cork, also author of a new publication about the artist.

Tennant Gallery opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 4pm ; Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm; Closed Mondays.

Admission: Complimentary entry with a valid Royal Academy exhibition ticket or £3 General Admission ticket. Friends of the RA and Under 16s go free.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Tel: 020 7300 8090


Also at the Royal Academy of Arts: Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse (January 30 to April 20, 2016).