AWA interviews British artist Sarah Pickstone
As part of the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary celebrations and the renovation of the Academy’s schools, Angelika Kauffman’s ‘Elements of Art’ were removed from the ceiling of the grand entrance hall to be restored and kept safe during the building works. At AWA, we are always delighted to encounter connections between historic women artists and their contemporary counterparts. To celebrate the return of the newly-restored works, artist Sarah Pickstone’s tributes to Kauffman were prominently displayed in the gallery. Belvedere, a take on Kauffman’s Design graced the ceiling of the entrance hall while Design itself was temporarily exhibited in the Academy’s Collections Gallery. Pickstone’s The Rainbow, a six-meter-wide homage to Kauffman’s Colour occupied a wall along the much-travelled corridor leading to the RA’s café. In September 2019, AWA’s Board member Margaret MacKinnon was fortunate to catch up with Pickstone recently to interview her for the October 2019 edition of Inside AWA. Look for it and read about the artist’s connection with Kauffman and how she became involved in paying tribute to the eighteenth-century painter.