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New work by second year students at the interim point of their postgraduate study at the RA Schools

Exhibition preview

PREMIUMS Interim Projects, on display at the Royal Academy of Arts from January 27 to February 5, 2017, will present an opportunity to view new work by 13 second year students at the interim point of their postgraduate study at the RA Schools, the UK’s longest established art school.

The exhibition will show a wide selection of work across varied media comprising sculpture, photography, performance art, digitally-rendered landscapes, archival material and video.

One of the highlights will include a site-specific artistic intervention by Gina Fischli, featuring a photographic representation of trophies and mascots on a banner, which will be suspended on the façade of Burlington House.

Key themes explored in Premiums will focus on spirituality, the reliance on meta-culture and gender roles.

For the first time, the exhibition will be displayed throughout various locations in Burlington House – the Weston Rooms, Architecture Space and Norman Shaw Staircase – as a result of the ongoing transformative redevelopment of the Royal Academy, which will be completed in time for its 250th anniversary in 2018.

The use of these spaces will create an intriguing dialogue between the RA and the RA Schools, highlighting these often overlooked areas around the site.

Eileen Cooper RA, Keeper of the Royal Academy, said:

“The Royal Academy is changing as we move towards our 250th anniversary, and this year’s Premiums exhibition reflects this evolution. Visitors will be given the opportunity to engage with some of the most recent contemporary art in London, exhibited throughout Burlington House. Engaging and dynamic, the work in the exhibition provides an insight into the diversity of practice supported in our studios, and naturally reflects a wide range of both media and intention.”

The following artists will be exhibiting: Roland Carline, Mark Corfield-Moore, Ben Doherty, Lucy Evetts, Charlie Fegan, Gina Fischli, Tom Langley, Deborah Olakigbe, Will Pham, Josh Pye, Marianne Thoermer, Sung Tieu and Issy Wood.

The only free three-year postgraduate course in the UK, the RA Schools programme is tailor-made to the individual student, affording each artist the creative flexibility to develop work across a broad array of media. Contributors to the programme are leading figures in the art world including Royal Academicians David Remfry (Professor of Drawing), Chantal Joffe (Professor of Painting), Piers Gough (Professor of Architecture), Cathie Pilkington (Professor of Sculpture) and Humphrey Ocean (Professor of Perspective).

Many works in the exhibition will be for sale, the proceeds of which will directly support the development of the students and the production of new work at the RA Schools.

Admission: Free.

Times: 10am – 6pm daily (last admission 5.30pm). Late night opening: Fridays until 10pm (last admission 9.30pm).

2017 RA Schools Programme

Virtually Real – in The John Madejski Fine Rooms from January 12 – 14, 2017. RA Friends Preview January 11.

The Royal Academy of Arts and HTC Vive will present the first ever 3D printed artworks in virtual reality by Royal Academy Schools’ alumni Adham Faramawy, Elliot Dodd and current third year student Jessy Jetpacks in the display Virtually Real. The artists will create work using virtual reality platform HTC Vive. Offering an unrivalled experience due to its real-life graphics, HTC Vive enables participants to interact in hundreds of virtual worlds with its innovative hand controllers.

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Royal Academy Schools Annual Dinner and Auction – on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

RA Schools sponsored by Newton Investment Management and supported by Sotheby’s.

The 11th anniversary of the annual fundraiser for the Royal Academy Schools will be hosted by Trustee and Chair of the RA Patrons Rob Suss to support the RA Schools, which meets the cost of tuition fees for all students accepted onto the course. Held at Burlington House, guests at this exclusive black tie gala will view an exhibition of works donated by Royal Academicians and recently graduated RA Schools students. A live auction of the works will be led by Lord Poltimore, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s, Europe.

RA Schools Show – in the RA Schools Studios from June 22 to July 2, 2017.

The RA Schools Show is the annual exhibition of works by artists graduating from the UK’s longest established contemporary art school, the RA Schools. The show will present work by emerging artists in a range of media with each exhibiting in solo spaces in the rarely-seen working studios within the Royal Academy. The show will coincide with the Summer Exhibition which was established in 1769 to finance the training of young artists in the RA Schools. For further information, visit

Also at the Royal Academy of Arts: The Life and Death of Miss Dupont (January 18 to April 30) and
America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s (February 25 to June 4, 2017).