LONDON - RA Now is a unique exhibition that brings together the work of Royal Academicians including Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley and Grayson Perry with Honorary RAs such as Frank Gehry, Cindy Sherman and Anselm Kiefer and others. All works are generously donated by the artists, and a number will go on sale at an auction to be held on 9 October, with the remainder available to purchase for the duration of the exhibition.

Funds raised by RA Now will contribute directly to the Burlington Project, which will see the Royal Academy nearly double in size over the next five years, representing the Academy’s most significant expansion for over a century. Designer Anya Hindmarch has been intimately involved with the project and is the first of a series of bloggers to give her insight into the importance of expanding this venerable institution.


Designer Anya Hindmarch.

How did you come to be involved in the RA Now project?
I have been a Trustee of the Royal Academy for a while now and am passionate about the RA. This important project of joining up the front to the back of the RA will bring so much pleasure for art lovers for hundreds of years. It is pretty rare to have an art institution that is the size of a whole block on Piccadilly. RA Now will achieve two things – firstly to raise money for the capital campaign project and with the donation of art from Royal Academicians and international Honorary Academicians in order to achieve this, it will also be a ‘moment in time’ exhibition of the RA’s work, which is pretty historic.

How important is it to ensure improvements are made to the RA building?
I think it is vital. The RA has huge visitor numbers and big blockbuster exhibitions and they want to make sure that they can offer the best facilities and experience to the ever-growing number of visitors This project will not only achieve more space for the exhibitions, but will also improve facilities and open up the RA Schools to showcase this amazing institution that is such an integral part of what the RA is about.

What position does the RA hold in the nation’s cultural life?
I think it is a wonderful British institution. It was founded 244 years ago and was to support, encourage, teach and engage British artists. The Summer Exhibition where RAs and members of the public submit work to be sold has been running for 243 years and has never missed a year even during world wars. I believe that art is important to feed the soul and so for me the RA holds an important position in the cultural life of the nation.

For further information on the works in the exhibition and auction, and to place an absentee bid, please telephone 020 7287 9212 or email RA_Now@activ.org.uk.

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