Varnishing Day: A Moment in Time
With the onset of the global pandemic, and for the first time in the history of the RA, the Summer Exhibition 2020 was postponed.
In response, our community of Royal Academicians pulled together to create a grass-roots project. The concept: to ‘take the temperature’ of British art at this crucial juncture, documenting what our RAs were doing, thinking and making on 1 June. The day when, for the past 252 years, Royal Academicians celebrate the start of the Summer Exhibition and put the finishing touches to their works, Varnishing Day.
Conceived by Hughie O’Donoghue RA & David Mach RA with the assistance of Ian Ritchie RA. Including British art and architecture heavyweights Tracey Emin RA, Grayson Perry RA, Yinka Shonibare RA and Farshid Moussavi RA.
Made exclusively for Friends and Supporters of the Royal Academy. See below for details.
Containing 100 digital reproduction prints | Printed on Mohawk Superfine Ultrawhite Eggshell 216gsm | Published by Hurtwood and the RA | Printed in the UK by Pureprint
100 artists, 100 contributions, 1 collaborative portfolio. Images in video below.