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Royal Academy pledges to up its game on architectural exhibitions

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A leading official at the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) has committed to run more architectural exhibitions from 2018, when a major redevelopment programme its two main central London sites is complete.

Tim Marlow, director of artistic programmes at the institution, conceded that architecture had not received the prominence it deserved in the academy’s scheduling.

Marlow was speaking at yesterday’s (May 11) unveiling of David Chipperfield’s £49.8million redevelopment programme for the academy, which will link its Burlington House main base with the neighbouring Burlington Gardens site – both Grade II listed buildings.

He said the programme, which will also provide new gallery and teaching space in time for the 250th anniversary of the academy’s founding in 2018, would allow it to expand its architecture offer.

‘Architecture has often been overlooked in the programming - here at the academy, every area fights for exhibition space,’ he said.

‘In our three main galleries there will be at least one architectural exhibition a year at the academy, starting in 2018.’

Later this year, the academy’s Summer Exhibition will feature an outdoor installation - titled Urban Hill - by Istanbul-based architectural practice SO?.

The work is described as a ‘bold urban intervention made from ceramics’, and SO? was picked for the work in a competition run by Turkishceramics.

Three other competitors were OS31, Bureau de Change, and Scott Whitby Studio.

The Royal Academy’s summer exhibition opens on July 3.

  • The Royal Academy is hosting a free exhibition on the history of buildings, which coincides with the announcement of the Chipperfield transformation project. Stories from the Past - Visions of the Future runs from May 20 – September 20 in the Academy’s Architecture Space.

Unexpected Hill

Unexpected Hill, by Istanbul-based architectural practice SO?, which will be on display outside the Royal Academy’s Burlington Gardens site between July and September

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