The Royal Academy of Arts unveils plans for 250th anniversary redevelopment

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The Royal Academy of Arts unveils plans for 250th anniversary redevelopment
The Royal Academyâ??s north-facing Entrance, Burlington Gardens. Photo: Hayes Davidson.

LONDON.- The Royal Academy of Arts, Britain’s foremost artist-led institution, today unveiled designs for a transformative redevelopment which will be completed in time for its 250th anniversary in 2018. The project is supported by a grant of £12.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The designs, by internationally acclaimed architect Sir David Chipperfield CBE RA, will link Burlington House and Burlington Gardens for the first time, uniting and revitalising the two-acre site. The redevelopment will open up the essential elements that make the Royal Academy unique worldwide, sharing with the public its historic treasures, the work of its Academicians, and the RA Schools, alongside its world-class exhibitions programme.

New public areas will be created including:

· Spaces for exhibitions and displays across the site showcasing the richness and depth of the historic RA Collections, and allowing many works to be brought out of storage. The Collections displays will be curated by the Royal Academy’s President, Christopher Le Brun, Richard Deacon RA, Spencer de Grey RA, and other Royal Academicians.

· Dedicated exhibition galleries for contemporary art projects and new work by Royal Academicians, Britain’s leading artists and architects.

· A double-height lecture theatre with over 260 seats, building on the Academy’s heritage of rigorous and lively debate and allowing the volume of programming to double.

· A new Clore Learning Centre, providing space for the RA’s ambitious learning programmes, enabling participation in creative learning on-site to expand three-fold.

· New spaces for the RA Schools, including a permanent project space for the public display of work by students, situated at the heart of the site. The integration of the Schools into the visitors’ experience will reveal the Academy’s important role in arts education and its long tradition of training artists.

· A link bridge connecting Burlington House and Burlington Gardens, creating a central route from Piccadilly to Mayfair.

The redevelopment will provide significant improvements to visitors’ facilities across the site and will conserve the façade of Burlington Gardens, one of the grandest unrestored buildings in central London.

In addition to the £12.7 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project has also received generous support from a number of private individuals, including Ronald and Rita McAulay, support from Monika McLennan from the Monika and Matthew McLennan Foundation, Robert and Chantal Miller and Sir Simon and Lady Robertson, as well as trusts and foundations including The Monument Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation, the Clore Duffield Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation and The Foyle Foundation.

Christopher Le Brun, President, Royal Academy of Arts, said: “Royal Academicians are at the heart of everything we do - they govern the Academy and are responsible for its direction. British visual art has achieved outstanding international success in recent decades and the proof of the Academy’s resurgence in the twenty-first century is that among our Academician painters, sculptors and printmakers we have such world-class architects as Sir David Chipperfield RA.”

Charles Saumarez Smith CBE, Secretary and Chief Executive said: “The physical transformation of the site will fundamentally change our 247-year old institution. We are, first and foremost, artist-led, home to a community of the world’s greatest artists and architects, and a centre for the training of emerging artists, with practitioners and an art school at our heart. This is not just a major building development, it is an undertaking which will transform the psychological, as well as the physical, nature of the Academy.”

Sir David Chipperfeld CBE RA, Architect, said: "The project is an architectural solution embedded in the place itself, a series of subtle interventions which will add up to something very different. The big change is that the Royal Academy will have two entrances; a front door facing Piccadilly in the south and a new front door to Burlington Gardens, Cork Street and Bond Street. You will be able to go from an exhibition in Burlington House to a lecture in Burlington Gardens through the vaults of the building. You will see the cast corridors, you will see where the Schools have been all this time. It's a small amount of architecture for a profound result."

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