Letter from Director Patrick T. Murphy
Dear RHA Friends
Firstly, let me thank you for your abiding support of the Academy over the past couple of years as we all dealt with the realities of lockdowns, masks and avoiding crowds. Our level of Friends never waivered and for that we are indebted to you for your continual generosity to the RHA.
This year, 2023, will see the Academy reach its 200th Anniversary, making it the oldest artist organization in the country. We shall begin our celebrations with the opening of the 193rd RHA Annual Exhibition in late May. Our ambition for the bicentennial is to gain more profile for the Academy and to increase and diversify our audiences.
To help us achieve our additional programmes for the year I would like to ask you for a once off gift to the Academy. Would you, in this special year, make a second payment of your level of Friends membership or a donation of your choice? Your extra subscription will be used exclusively for a special aspect of our plans – The Festival of Making.
This is a 10-day event in the last two weeks of October when our galleries will be turned over to open, walk-in workshops led by Academicians; demonstrations of working with various mediums; pop-up life drawing classes – An occasion to celebrate the ‘joy of making’ no matter what your level of competence.
I hope you can make this gesture to the Academy on this very important year of our history. Please see below for donation options.
Thank you for considering this request.
Patrick T Murphy