The RA Schools Show, the annual exhibition of works by artists graduating from the UK’s longest established art school, the historic RA Schools. This year marks the 140th anniversary of the RA Schools’ students exhibiting their work to the general public.
The show presents work by 17 emerging artists each exhibiting in solo spaces in the rarely-seen working studios, within the RA Schools. From woodcut prints and large-scale paintings to ceramics, sculptural objects and installations as well as video, drawings, books and silver gelatin prints, the exhibition will encompass a broad array of media including pebble dash, cement, algae, ketchup, glue, coins, ink and spray paint.
The following artists will be exhibiting: Caroline Abbotts, Rebecca Ackroyd, Victoria Adam, Matt Ager, Sofie Alsbo, Hannah Bays, Josie Cockram, Henry Coleman, Adam Collier, Ziggy Grudzinkskas, Declan Jenkins, Maria de Lima, Evelyn O’Connor, Laurence Owen, Max Prus, Sean Steadman and Joel Wyllie.
The only free three-year postgraduate course in the UK, the RA Schools programme is tailor-made to the individual, affording each artist the space and flexibility to develop work across a wide range of media, in dialogue with leading figures in the art world including Royal Academicians Michael Landy (Professor of Drawing), Fiona Rae (Professor of Painting) and Richard Wilson (Professor of Sculpture).
Brian Griffiths, Senior Lecturer at the Royal Academy Schools and artist, said: ‘This remarkable art school continues to change and create an environment that supports and challenges the artists. This is a generation of artists that critically examine the past, fully participate in the present and speculate on the future.’
Many of the works exhibited will be available for sale to directly support the development of the students and the production of new work.
The show will be presented to coincide with the Summer Exhibition which was established in 1769 to finance the training of young artists in the RA Schools. This year’s Summer Exhibition is co-ordinated by leading British artist and influential teacher Michael Craig-Martin RA. The link between the Summer Exhibition and the Schools is one that Michael Craig-Martin particularly values: ‘It is not always fully appreciated that the funds raised by the Summer Exhibition contribute towards the funding of the RA Schools which are the only graduate art school in England which does not charge tuition fees.’
Photo: Rebecca Ackroyd courtesy of the artist all rights reserved
12 – 28 June 2015 – RA Schools Studios, Free Admission Early Access: Thursday 11 June 2015