The Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
Launching the Summer Art Season in London, the Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition (13 June - 20 August) hosts over 1,200 artworks by today's leading and emerging artists. Now in its 249th year, the Summer Exhibition is the world's oldest submission exhibition. Whilst early displays at the Royal Academy included paintings by the likes of Joshua Reynolds, John Constable and JMW Turner, the presentation in 2017 encompasses a wide variety of media including painting, print, sculpture, installation, photography and film.
Inspired to visit? Don’t forget to take your wallet! All works are for sale, with the proceeds supporting the renowned Royal Academy Schools.
Royal Academicians at Regent’s Place
Our varied art collection at Regent’s Place consists of pieces by a number of eminent Royal Academicians including Sir Antony Gormley, Sir Michael Craig-Martin and Gary Hume.
Why not venture outside on your lunch break for a mini Royal Academy walk?
First stop is 350 Euston Road where Antony Gormley’s Reflection is in situ. Cast in iron from the artist’s own body, this two-part work deliberately plays with the viewers’ senses and perceptions of space, take a look at both figures and see what you think. Gormley is one of Britain’s most celebrated artists whose sculptural installations explore the relationship between the human body and the surrounding area. Awarded the Turner Prize in 1994, Gormley is well known for his monumental Angel of the North and also for his innovative Fourth Plinth Project in Trafalgar Square.
Antony Gormley, Reflection
Just next door at 338 Euston Road, the ground floor lobby is home to Michael Craig-Martin’s Japanese Screen triptych. Executed in the artist’s trademark bold colours and clear outlines, this screen-print presents the viewer with everyday objects set within a clearly historic frieze format.
One of the most significant artists working today, Craig-Martin is further renowned as a curator, writer and tutor. In fact, he curated the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy in 2015, and was the teacher at Goldsmith’s College who led the Young British Artist generation, including Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin during the late 1980s.
Michael Craig-Martin, Japanese Screen
Continue to Triton Street and head through Brock Street to the Hampstead Road corner of campus to see Pecking Bird, an installation by Gary Hume, another of Michael Craig-Martin’s celebrated students. A clear display of the artist’s playful interpretation of natural forms, this 20 panel site-specific installation stands almost 14 metres above the traffic and pedestrians at the junction.
Tutored by Craig-Martin, Hume studied at London’s Goldsmith’s College and is one of the artists who participated at the now seminal Freeze exhibition organized by Damien Hirst in 1988.
Gary Hume, Pecking Bird
We hope you enjoy taking in the creative sights on our capsule Royal Academy tour.
Why not discover more art on campus with our Art Guide below and let us know what you think on social media via @RegentsPlace using #RegentsPlaceArt.
Royal Academy - https://www.royalacademy.org.uk
Summer Exhibition - https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/summer-exhibition-2017
Royal Academy Schools - https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/the-ra-schools
Gormley - http://www.antonygormley.com
Craig Martin - http://www.michaelcraigmartin.co.uk