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Ryan Gander & Gilda Williams
In Conversation at The Royal Academy
30th June 18:30 - 19:30pm

Ryan Gander is a British conceptual artist whose work has been exhibited across the world and features in both international public and private collections. He has curated exhibitions and taught at international art institutions and universities. He has presented television programmes on and about contemporary art and culture for the BBC. In 2017 he was awarded an OBE for services to contemporary arts. In 2022 he was elected as a Royal Academician.

His work seeks to make visible the things that are usually invisible to us in everyday life and he invites and encourages viewers to question and interpret his artworks in their own way.
Gilda Williams is a contemporary art critic, teacher, and author of the bestselling art book, How to Write about Contemporary Art. She is Senior Lecturer on the MFA Curating programme at Goldsmiths College, London, and is also London correspondent for Artforum magazine.


On the 8th March we hosted a private view of The Royal Academy's historic Francis Bacon: Man and Beast exhibition which runs until 17th April 2022. Our first live event was attended by 100 guests from across the arts, cultural and philanthropic landscape. We would like to thank our hosts the Royal Academy and our caterer By Word of Mouth for making the event so memorable.

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Maggi Hambling on Francis Bacon:

Man and Beast


Dates TBC: For the second of the Artist Talks series at the Royal Academy, Maggi Hambling CBE offers her perspective on Francis Bacon, his impact and his uninhibited fascination with animals, alongside Courtney J. Martin, the Paul Mellon Director of the Yale Center for British Art, the most comprehensive collection of British art outside of the United Kingdom.

The second instalment of the Royal Academy’s series of Artist Talks takes its theme from the exhibition Francis Bacon: Man and Beast, currently on until April 17th 2022. The Natalia Cola is proud to support this series of Artist Talks.



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Thank you to all who attended Yinka Shonibare & Afua Hirsch In Conversation at The Royal Academy on the 5th October 2021.


Last month the Natalia Cola Foundation had the pleasure of supporting the Royal Academy in bringing together Yinka Shonibare, the coordinator of the Summer Exhibition 2021 and eminent journalist Afua Hirsch.


It proved to be a revealing discussion, with Afua skilfully unpacking Yinka’s chosen theme of ‘Reclaiming Magic’; how he champions inclusivity; and aims to transcend the traditional Western art history perspective, preferring to focus on the joyful and visceral aspects of art-making. 

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The Natalia Cola Foundation

After a year in preparation, I am proud to announce the first lecture in a series of three annual lectures at the Royal Academy that will be supported by The Natalia Cola Foundation.  


Throughout its 252 year history the Royal Academy has fostered freedom of thought; expression; allowed new ideas to flourish and has existed to champion art and artists.  


It gives me great pleasure to support such a storied institution and I’m so glad to play a small part in ensuring that these principles of education and accessibility can continue for generations to come. 

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Yinka Shonibare & Afua Hirsch
In Conversation at the Royal Academy
5th October 2021 18:30 - 19:30pm