Discussion: The Role of Royal Academies in the 21st Century | Ulster Museum

ulstermuseumThursday 13 October, 2pm to 4pm
Location: Ulster Museum, Belfast (Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor)

Panel Speakers:
Christopher Le Brun (President of the Royal Academy, London); Arthur Watson (President of the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh); Michael O’Dea (President of the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin) and Denise Ferran (President of the Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast). Chaired by writer Glenn Patterson HRUA.

Over 50 years ago, on 29th May, 1966, Sandra Blow, RA (1925 – 2006) wrote to the Sunday Times as a teacher at the Royal College of Art, putting forward her view, then, on the Royal Academy; “Being a teacher, I am often worried by talented, unfashionable painters starting their careers and not finding a gallery to support them. Without straining itself from its moorings, the Academy could accommodate these artists if they were welcomed in an atmosphere free from…fossilised antagonism.’

To what extent do Academies today embrace new and emerging artists? What factors exist which have resulted in the increasing numbers of artists submitting their work through the ‘Open Submission Process’? How do you view Academies and should they change, if at all?

Come and lend your voice to the open debate.
This is a free event however booking is essential.
Booking: Ulster Museum, www.nmni.com/um or +44(0)28 9044 0000

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