Varnishing Day: A Moment in Time

100 artists, 100 contributions, 1 collaborative portfolio - made specially for the Friends and Supporters of the Royal Academy.

Conceived by Hughie O’Donoghue RA & David Mach RA with the assistance of Ian Ritchie RA, the portfolio includes work from British art and architecture heavyweights Tracey Emin RA, Grayson Perry RA, Yinka Shonibare RA and Farshid Moussavi RA.

Explore our specially made frames to display your favourite works from the portfolio.

The Varnishing Day portfolio is excluded from Friends discount and all other discounts or promotions.

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Material Paper
Dimensions 40 x 3.9 x 29cm
No. of Pages 100
SKU 12090903

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Product story

With the onset of the global pandemic, and for the first time in the history of the RA, the Summer Exhibition 2020 was postponed. The portfolio represents the first time in our history that our community of Royal Academicians have collaborated on one piece of work - a taking of the temperature of British art at a crucial time, 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.  

Varnishing Day: A Moment in Time 

Containing 100 digital reproduction prints each 33cm x 24.5cm | Printed on Mohawk Superfine Ultrawhite Eggshell 216gsm | Published by Hurtwood and the RA | Printed in the UK by Pureprint


We are hugely grateful for the support of our Friends, now more than ever, as the RA still faces financial challenges. All sales of the portfolio support the RA and help us ensure that we are here for you - and everyone - long into the future.