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Celebrating the Royal Academy of Arts: 250th Anniversary 1768-2018 Pamela Campbell-Johnston Tuesday 12 February 2019

Britain’s oldest fine arts institution will be celebrating its 250th Anniversary in 2018. The Royal Academy has an illustrious history that spans from the mid 18th century through to the 21st century.  We contemplate its past and review its various homes before settling on its current Mayfair location in Burlington House. 

This fully illustrated talk explores a selection of its ground–breaking temporary loan exhibitions, and considers its role and impact on the art scene, both on British soil and overseas. The talk wouldn’t be complete without a behind the scene look at the Summer Exhibition – held without interruption since 1769 – which displays works in a variety of media and genres by emerging and established contemporary artists. We also consider the influence of certain world-renowned Royal Academicians, exemplary artists in their chosen field, and the pivotal role that is played by the RA Schools.  The impressive roll call of RAs over the past 250 years includes household names such as Reynolds, Constable, Turner, Munnings and, more recently, Hockney, Paolozzi, Foster, Craig-Martin and Gormley. By charting its history through intriguing and important archival photographs and considering its place in Britain’s rich artistic heritage, we can mark this significant anniversary and consider its future with much excitement and anticipation. 


Pamela Campbell-Johnston has over 20 years of lecturing experience to undergraduates, adult groups, and to Friends and Patrons of the Royal Academy of Arts as part of the Adult Education Department's programme of events. She has also conducted numerous guided tours and focused gallery talks on individual works of art. She specialises in British Domestic Architecture and Modern British Art, and has over 12 years' experience at the Royal Academy. Work experience has also been undertaken at Bonhams, Art Loss Register and National Trust. She is now a freelance art consultant and lecturer, and recently curated a collection for the Lansdowne Club.