BARBARA RAE – ANY ORDINARY JOURNEY

Opening Times:
  • Monday to Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm
  • RSA Lower Galleries, The Mound, EH2 2EL
  • Free Entry

BARBARA RAE – ANY ORDINARY JOURNEY

Opening Times:
  • Monday to Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm
  • RSA Lower Galleries, The Mound, EH2 2EL
  • Free Entry

In 2013, renowned artist Barbara Rae began a series of journeys of discovery into the Arctic, following in the footsteps of Dr John Rae. The result is a new body of new paintings and original prints from an artist with a deep-rooted fascination with the topography and history of place.  The exhibition will premiere at the Royal Scottish Academy in August 2018 before travelling to the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney, and Canada House, London, in Autumn 2018.

The exhibition is a collaborative partnership between the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) and the Royal Academy (RA), London, in celebration of the latter’s 250th Anniversary year in 2018.

Dr John Rae – Born in Orkney in 1813, John Rae trained as a surgeon in Edinburgh. In 1833, he signed on for a short term with the Hudson Bay Company in Canada. Captivated by the landscape and lifestyle, Rae stayed with the company until 1856. Throughout his life he continued to work on several major mapping and charting projects in Canada.  Despite locating the North West Passage, Rae was the only one of his contemporaries not to be knighted for his Arctic achievements. He died in London in 1893 aged 79, and is buried in the churchyard of St Magnus’ Cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney.

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