Events and resources
David Hockney in Conversation with Marco Livingstone
Tuesday 24 January
Due to circumstances beyond our control, this event will no longer be taking place.
From Malibu to Montcalm: Hockney Finds a New Perspective
Friday 27 January
Constance Glenn delves into David Hockney’s California works, from his signature landscapes of the 1960s to his panoramas of the 1980s that introduce a new perspective and capture Mulholland Drive’s vertiginous curves, which swerve across LA’s hilltops toward his Montcalm studio and home. * Listen to recording
David Hockney: A Bigger Message
Friday 3 February
Martin Gayford introduces his new book of conversations with David Hockney, which reveals the artist’s thoughts about drawing, landscape, art history, space and time, and considers his latest work. A book signing follows the lecture. * Listen to recording
David Hockney's Poetic Imagination
Friday 30 March
David Hockney has engaged with poetry throughout his career. Poet in residence Pele Cox curates an evening of readings evoking aspects of Hockney's poetic imagination through performances of works by the Brothers Grimm, Constantine Cavafy, Stephen Spender, William Blake and Walt Whitman.
Personal Landscapes: Views from the End of Life
Friday 16 March
Concluding a collaboration of events with St Christopher’s Hospice inspired by ‘David Hockney: A Bigger Picture’, actress Sheila Hancock, Sir Richard MacCormac RA, Nigel Hartley (St Christopher’s Hospice), and Peter Hewitt (Guy's and St Thomas' Charity) consider how the prospect of death offers us the possibility to reconceptualise our own story or personal landscape, and choose our own legacy. Speakers TBC.
Photographing the Urban Landscape
Saturday 24 March
Professional photographer Roy Matthews leads this workshop in photographing the urban landscape. Comprising a practical session on the streets of Mayfair and Soho, followed by a critique at the RA, this workshop is designed for all abilities and camera types (although digital is preferred for immediate image review on the day).
Free Lunchtime Lectures
Reynolds Room; 1–2 pm; reserve a seat online or call 020 7300 5839
On Location: Hockney in Yorkshire
Monday 23 January
Marco Livingstone, exhibition curator * Listen to recording
David Hockney: A Bigger Picture – an Introduction
Monday 30 January
Edith Devaney, exhibition curator * Listen to recording
David Hockney and the English Landscape Tradition
Monday 19 March
Stephen Daniels, The University of Nottingham
Family Studio: Personal Landscapes
Sunday 18 March
Discover what landscape means to David Hockney and create your own personal story.
Hockney Family Workshop Tuesday 14
and Thursday 16 February
Discover Hockney in a workshop comprising an interactive slide talk, a visit to the exhibition and a hands-on session.
Free Gallery Talks
45-minute introductory talks; free with an exhibition ticket.
2.30pm Wed, 7pm Fri (25 January – 30 March)
10-minute talks on individual works; free with an exhibition ticket.
3 pm every Thursday.
The Royal Academy offers an exciting programme of exhibition visits, gallery talks, workshops and educational resources for teachers and students. Please call 020 7300 5995, email email@example.com
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The RA offers a range of access resources, including large print label guides and audio guides with descriptive tours, for use in the galleries and a programme of events for visitors with disabilities. Access events can be booked online. Visitors with limited mobility can book parking spaces and wheelchairs on 020 7300 8028. Contact the Access Officer on tel/text 020 7300 5732, fax 020 7300 8013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Morning Private View for Wheelchair Users
Friday 24 February
Explore the exhibition ‘David Hockney: A Bigger Picture’ with an interactive tour followed by coffee.
The Saloon; 9–11am; £3 (incl. refreshments); volunteer support provided
Audio Description Event
Monday 20 February
Artist educators deliver this audio-description, handling and creating session focusing on the Hockney exhibition. Visitors can then create a work of art inspired by the exhibition.
The Saloon; 9am–1pm; £5 (incl. refreshments); volunteer support provided
BSL and Lipspeaking Gallery Tours
Learning Studio; 6–7 pm; £3; numbers are limited, booking essential
Deaf Host Philip Nix supports these events
BSL Interactive Talk
Friday 27 January
This interactive BSL talk introduces ‘David Hockney: A Bigger Picture’, followed by a chance to visit the exhibition.
Interactive Lipspeaking Talk
Friday 17 February
This interactive talk with lipspeaking support introduces ‘David Hockney: A Bigger Picture’, followed by a visit to the exhibition.
InPerson at the RA: Access for All
Friday 10 February
Jazz Funk ensemble Principle 3 lead this Friday-Night-Late art club where participants will have the chance to create Hockney ‘soundscapes’ and then draw them as pastel landscapes. The night will finish with a performance by Principle 3 and a visit to the Hockney exhibition. This event can be adapted to support everybody’s individual needs.
Fine Rooms; 6–8pm; £5 (incl. refreshments)