RAs launch £3m anniversary appeal
Some of the country’s finest artists joined today to launch the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary appeal.
Behind the day-glo waistcoats and beneath the helmets are Grayson Perry, Cornelia Parker, Phyllida Barlow, Conrad Shawcross, Michael Craig-Martin, Humphrey Ocean, Bob and Roberta Smith, the RA’s president Christopher Le Brun and Rebecca Salter, gathered in the lecture theatre which is being restored as part of the refurbishment of Burlington Gardens, next to the RA'a home Burlington House, which will double the RA’s exhibition space.
The building will be opened in 2018 to mark the RA’s 250th anniversary, and the “Make Your Mark” appeal launched today to raise £3m to complete the lecture theatre. Starting with donations of £10, contributors will be able to name a seat in the theatre.
“From the founding president of the Royal Academy, Joshua Reynolds, all the way up to some of our great contemporary Royal Academicians, there has been a long tradition of lectures given by artists” said Le Brun. “The physical transformation of the site will fundamentally change the Royal Academy. We are home to a community of the world’s greatest artists and architects, and a centre for the training of emerging artists, with practitioners and an art school at our heart. The new lecture theatre embodies one of the RA’s founding principles to be the home of creative debate. This is not just a major building development; it is an undertaking which will transform the psychological, as well as the physical, nature of the academy.”