Entangled Past Black history walk at the Royal Academy

Saturday March 30th 9.30am

Explore the intertwined stories of Black history and art on a captivating walk through the Royal Academy and into Mayfair’s posh streets

Join us for this unique indoor and outdoor guided tour which will take you through the astounding Entangled Pasts exhibition at the RA and into the surrounding Mayfair streets. This walk will share details about the artists and their displayed art and then go on to explore the African/Caribbean history in the surrounding, salubrious Mayfair neighbourhood. This special walk will last 100 minutes in total. Exact meet point supplied upon booking. We have negotiated a special discount for this one off event to include entry to the exhibit itself and a Black History walk in Mayfair.

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Entangled Pasts, 1768–now

Art, Colonialism and Change

3 February – 28 April 2024

Main Galleries | Burlington House at Royal Academy

J.M.W. Turner and Ellen Gallagher. Joshua Reynolds and Yinka Shonibare. John Singleton Copley and Hew Locke. Past and present collide in one powerful exhibition.

This spring, the Royal Academy bring together over 100 major contemporary and historical works as part of a conversation about art and its role in shaping narratives of empire, enslavement, resistance, abolition and colonialism – and how it may help set a course for the future.

Artworks by leading contemporary British artists of the African, Caribbean and South Asian diasporas, including Sonia Boyce, Frank Bowling and Mohini Chandra will be on display alongside works by artists from the past 250 years including Joshua Reynolds, J.M.W.Turner and John Singleton Copley – creating connections across time which explore questions of power, representation and history.

Experience a powerful exploration of art from 1768 to now. Featuring a room of life-sized cut-out painted figures by Lubaina Himid, an immersive video installation by Isaac Julien, a giant flotilla of model boats by Hew Locke, and a major new sculpture in the Courtyard by Tavares Strachan. Plus, powerful paintings, photographs, sculptures, drawings and prints by El Anatsui, Barbara Walker, Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, Shahzia Sikander, John Akomfrah and Betye Saar.

Informed by their ongoing research of the RA and its colonial past, this exhibition engages around 50 artists connected to the RA to explore themes of migration, exchange, artistic traditions, identity and belonging.

This exhibition contains themes of slavery and racism. Some works include historical racial language and violent imagery. Please contact us for more information.

Download their large print guide.


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