6:00 PM18:00

Points of View Speaker Series: What Good is an Academy?
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

A panel discussion exploring the role of the art academy in light of the 250th birthday of the Royal Academy, the institution upon which the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts was modelled in 1805.

Panelists: Susan Cahan, Dean of the Tyler School of Art; Christopher LeBrun, President of the Royal Academy of Arts; Jane South, Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Pratt Institute; Didier William, Chair of the MFA Program at PAFA; Arthur Watson, President of the Royal Scottish Academy; Moderated by Clint Jukkala, Dean of PAFA. 

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6:30 PM18:30

The Art of Science and Colour
The Royal Academy of Arts, London


An evening of discussion and discovery on the subject of colour. Christopher Le Brun leads a panel including David Batchelor and Senior Lecturer in Earth Sciences at UCL Dr Ruth Siddall, moderated by art Historian and Lecturer, Ben Street. Hosted by Winsor and Newton.

See related films below:

Exploring Watercolour, Christopher Le Brun for Winsor and Newton

History and Heritage of Watercolour, Christopher Le Brun PRA for Winsor and Newton

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<h1>Concert: Christopher Le Brun and Pianist Annie Yim <br/>Arndt Fine Art, Berlin</h1>
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Christopher Le Brun and Pianist Annie Yim
Arndt Fine Art, Berlin


Annie Yim, founder of MusicArt London, performs a piano recital in conversation with the artist, which considers the many points of rich imaginative contact between musical and painterly composition. The programme features the music of Scriabin (1872–1915), Schoenberg (1874–1951), Rachmaninov (1873–1943) and Debussy (1862–1918) which has inspired the artist, and includes a recently commissioned composition by Richard Birchall (b. 1984) based on a painting by Le Brun.

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<h1>Abstract Expressionism Revisited, Panel Discussion <br/>The Royal Academy of Arts, London</h1>
6:30 PM18:30

Abstract Expressionism Revisited, Panel Discussion
The Royal Academy of Arts, London


Christopher Le Brun, Basil Beattie, Mali Morris & Paul Huxley
Chaired by Tim Marlow in the Reynolds Room

Nearly 60 years since the last major collective survey in the UK of the Abstract Expressionism movement, an esteemed panel of artists come together to reevaluate this artistic phenomenon.

They discuss their personal responses to Abstract Expressionism and how the new approaches to composition, colour and scale influenced and impacted on the visual arts both then and now. Examining how artists and the arts world internationally responded to Abstract Expressionism, they consider the significance of this influential movement of the 20th century and why its impact still resounds today. 

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<h1>Evelyn Wrench Lecture Series <br/>Royal Oversea League, London</h1>
6:30 PM18:30

Evelyn Wrench Lecture Series
Royal Oversea League, London

What does the future hold for arts and cultural institutions?

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CEO of the Royal Opera House Alex Beard, Direct of Tate Britain Frances Morris and President of the Royal Academy Christopher Le Brun debate the opportunities and threats facing the arts and cultural institutions and consider how these issues shape the evolution of their own organisations.

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<h1>MusicArt Concert <br/>Colnaghi, London</h1>
7:30 PM19:30

MusicArt Concert
Colnaghi, London


Annie Yim, Pianist
Richard Birchall, Composer

The first of MusicArt’s London conceptual concerts was held at Colnaghi gallery during the Le Brun Colour exhibition. The recital features the world premiere of a new piece composed by Richard Birstall, entitled Abstracts which was inspired by the work in the show. Annie Yim performed the recital on a piano lent by J. Reid and the dress was provided by Erdem.

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<h1>Poet in the City: Wallace Stevens <br/>Kings Place, London</h1>
7:00 PM19:00

Poet in the City: Wallace Stevens
Kings Place, London

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A special event in celebration of the American poet Wallace Stevens. 

Widly held as one of the most important literary figures in America, Stevens was the ultimate master-craftsmen, combining rigorous technique with a deep exploration of the nature of poetry. Christopher Le Brun, Sarah Churchwell and Lachlan MacKinnon speak about his work. 

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