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250 Years of the Royal Academy: Rosalind Whyte

250 Years of the Royal Academy: Rosalind Whyte
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20 Feb 2019 2pm - 3pm

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Castle Grove Hall

Castle Grove Drive, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 4BP

In 2018 The Royal Academy of Arts celebrated its 250th anniversary, so it is an opportune time to explore its history and the role it has played in the development of British art. We will look at the position of artists in London before and after the formation of the Academy in 1768 and some of the characters involved, from the first President, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and other establishment figures, to artists who have taken a more oppositional stance, whether individually, such as Reynolds’ great contemporary and rival Gainsborough, or as a group, such as the (initially) clandestine Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of young rebel artists who sought to subvert the Academy from within. Like any important institution, the Academy has been embroiled in intrigue and controversy over the course of its history and no scandal or outrage will remain unexposed as we trace the history of one of Britain’s most important cultural bodies, from its inception to the present day.

Rosalind holds a BA and an MA from Goldsmith’s College, and an MA with distinction from Birkbeck College London. Rosalind is now an experienced guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the Royal Academy and Greenwich. She lectures at Tate, Dulwich Picture Gallery, to independent art societies and on cruises. She leads art appreciation holidays.

Image Info: Royal Academy, London. Rosalind Whyte

Free to Members of The Arts Society, Leeds. Guests may attend for £7. At the desk, or contact membership@theartssocietyleeds.org to ensure a place.

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