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RA Schools Show - Royal Academy of Arts

Exhibition preview

THE RA Schools Show is the annual exhibition of works by artists graduating from Britain’s longest established art school, the Royal Academy Schools.

This year’s show, on display from June 22 to July 2, 2017, features 17 contemporary artists exhibiting in the rarely-seen working studios at the heart of the Royal Academy.

Spanning a wide range of media including video, photography, painting and performance, the show explores ideas of self-representation, immersive technology and popular culture. From an Elvis tribute act and moving image installations to virtual reality and 90s-style teen pop videos, the Royal Academy’s artists showcase the results of a three-year artistic exploration.

The following artists are exhibiting: Sam Austen, Josephine Baker-Heaslip, Gabriella Boyd, Jack Burton, Dmitri Galitzine, Martin Gross, Lewis Hammond, Sebastian Jefford, Jessy Jetpacks, Jonathan Kelly, Anikό Kuikka, Katya Lewis, India Mackie, Zsόfia Margit, Richie Moment, Fani Parali and Adam Shield.

Contributors to the RA Schools’ programme are leading figures in the art world, including Royal Academicians Michael Landy (Professor of Drawing), Chantal Joffe (Professor of Painting), Piers Gough (Professor of Architecture), Cathie Pilkington (Professor of Sculpture) and Humphrey Ocean (Professor of Perspective).

Brian Griffiths, Senior Lecturer at the Royal Academy Schools and artist, said: “This is a show that hopes for difference, unforeseen surprises and change; a show that is as beautiful as it is worrying, as funny as it is tragic …evidently this is an extraordinary year.”

Eileen Cooper RA, the outgoing Keeper of the Royal Academy of Arts, said: “It has been a huge privilege to lead the RA Schools for the past six years and to support our graduating artists. I can honestly say, that I am always learning new things from our students. Their inventiveness, dedication and pure creative drive, shows just what it takes to develop as an artist.”

Many of the works on display are available for sale to directly support the development of the students and the production of new work.

The show coincides with the 249th Summer Exhibition, which was founded to finance the training of young artists in the Royal Academy Schools. The Summer Exhibition has been held every year without interruption since 1769 and continues to play a significant part in raising funds to finance the current students of the RA Schools. This year the Summer Exhibition is co-ordinated by the Keeper of the Royal Academy Eileen Cooper RA.