Contemporary art summer school at the Royal Academy

29 Jun 2020 – 3 Jul 2020

Regular hours

Mon, 29 Jun
10:00 – 17:00
Tue, 30 Jun
10:00 – 17:00
Wed, 01 Jul
10:00 – 17:00
Thu, 02 Jul
10:00 – 17:00
Fri, 03 Jul
10:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

£1,800. Includes all materials, light refreshments each day and drinks receptions throughout the week.

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Using the Summer Exhibition as a starting point, immerse yourself in contemporary art through engagement with the artists, curators and business insiders at the heart of the industry.


Five-day intensive summer course

  • 29 June 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 30 June 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 1 July 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 2 July 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 3 July 2020, 10am — 5pm

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This week-long summer school will give a comprehensive overview of contemporary art. We will learn about the art being created today through the art and artists of the Summer Exhibition, as well as a host of exciting artists and curators working in London.

You’ll be taught through a series of lectures and workshops, including talks, artist’s studio visits, in-conversations, gallery visits and seminars. The course will include introductions to key players in the contemporary art market, both from within the RA and from further afield.

The course will cover:
• What is contemporary art
• How to think and write about art with a critical eye
• How the London art market works and its place on a global stage
• The key institutions and players
• The spaces, venues and arenas engaging with art
• The future of art and the art market

Over five days this course is designed to produce well-rounded arts professionals with a global perspective, who not only understand the language and ideas of contemporary art theory but can also apply those ideas in a variety of real-world contexts.

Minimum age 18. If you have any accessibility needs, please contact academic.programmes@royalacademy.org.uk.

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