The exhibition will show a wide selection of work across varied media comprising sculpture, photography, performance art, digitally-rendered landscapes and video. One of the highlights will include a site-specific artistic intervention by Gina Fischli, featuring an 11 metre canine portrait, which will be suspended on the façade of Burlington House. Key themes explored in Premiums will focus on spirituality, the reliance on metaculture and gender roles. For the first time, the exhibition will be displayed in various locations in Burlington House as a result of the ongoing transformative redevelopment of the Royal Academy, which will be completed in time for its 250th anniversary in 2018.
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, Thomas 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 postgraduate programme is tailored 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 Anthea Hamilton, Alexandre da Cunha, Assemble, Caragh Thuring, Tai Shani, Daniel Sinsel, graduates of the RA Schools, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Eddie Peake, alongside a number of Royal Academicians such as Chantal Joffe and Michael Landy. Many works in the exhibition will be for sale, the proceeds of which will directly support the development and the production of artwork at the RA Schools.