You always know that summer is finally here when the annual Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition Preview Party takes place – the Royal Academy’s most glamorous and high-profile fundraising event of the year. For lucky guests, it promises to be an evening of phenomenal art, divine food and drink and music talent, all wrapped up in a beautiful event aesthetic, design and creation.
Fisher Productions have been immensely privileged to design and produce this event for 12 consecutive years, each year striving to push the boundaries of creativity and style. This year working closely with the RA event team our focus, championed by the exhibition’s lead coordinator Eileen Cooper RA, was “fresh”, “young”, “diversity” and “and explosion of colour”.
Taking inspiration from the Royal Academician Yinka Shonibare’s wind sculpture which has taken over the Courtyard, Fisher designed a scheme of bars working within Shonibare’s colour palette. Our aim was to excite and intrigue guests with colourful opulence and hidden ultra-modern surprises. Fisher used bespoke sprayed metal mesh to create cages and surfaces for food, as well as form the 5m high RA letters which as the sun set turned morphed into an LED light chasing edifice.
Fisher created a main bar with a rotating gold RA logo and a further champagne bar and food stations. We also created a hugely popular sticker totem “Art Lovers Stick Together”.
Sarah Cranmer, Head of Events at the RA said “We think the event looked amazing, the bars worked so well and the light up RA letters were the best yet!”
Philippa Bowers, Client Services Director at Fisher Productions said “We love working on this event and with the RA team. For Fisher it gives our designers the opportunity to really get creative, and we have immense pride in what we have achieved over the years.”