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June 12, 2014

RA Schools Show 2014

Royal Academy of Arts, London
Photo: Adham Faramawy.

The RA Schools Show is the annual exhibition of works by final year students at the historic Royal Academy Schools. This year’s show presents the work of sixteen artists and explores their distinctively individual practices, which span animation, collage, painting, performance art, puppetry, screen-printing, sculpture, sound-art, text and video installation. The RA Schools is Britain’s first art school and the only art school to offer a three year postgraduate fine art course. The exhibition is held in the contemporary studios of the RA Schools, situated at the heart of the Royal Academy, and provides visitors a rare opportunity to view and buy exceptional pieces from an aspiring generation of artists.

The RA Schools Show displays a range of inventive processes and materials, afforded by a freedom of study on the course, which operates without a formal curriculum and is tailor-made to the needs of each individual student. From Formica floor tiles inspired by the MS Office Wingdings font, working heaters entirely made by hand, paintings made using VHS tape to an installation of transit boxes tinted with colour powder, the works on display represent the cutting edge of contemporary visual culture and offer visitors an array of different ways to experience art.

The Royal Academy upholds the founding principle of free tuition at the RA Schools for all students accepted to the course, by covering the cost of fees and providing financial support to students in the form of maintenance and materials grants. All students are supported throughout their studies by the expert professorship of Royal Academicians, including Michael Landy (Professor of Drawing), Humphrey Ocean (Professor of Perspective), Fiona Rae (Professor of Painting) and Richard Wilson (Professor of Sculpture).

Brian Griffiths, third-year tutor at the Royal Academy Schools said: “The RA Schools course has a strong track-record of producing the most exciting and inspiring artists, and I’m delighted to see sixteen more about to join their ranks. As these remarkable artists, nurtured by our innovative three-year programme, embark on what I hope will be long and successful careers in the arts, I wish them every success and look forward to their future triumphs.

Many works exhibited will be available for sale. Artworks sold directly support the development of the students and the production of new work.

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