At a recent General Assembly meeting, the Royal Academy of Arts elected two new Royal Academicians: Hurvin Anderson in the category of Painting and Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald, in the category of Architecture.
Hurvin Anderson, RA Elect Category of Membership: Painting
Hurvin Anderson was born in Birmingham in 1965. He lives and works in Cambridgeshire. He received a BA from Wimbledon School of Art, London in 1994 and an MA from the Royal College of Art, London in 1998.
Anderson’s paintings explore spaces occupied by Caribbean immigrants, such as public parks, gardens, barbershops and domestic interiors, which function as sites for both social gathering and economic enterprise. These settings represent the artist’s personal and cultural memories of functional spaces and shared experiences of the Caribbean.
Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald, RA Elect Category of Membership: Architecture
6a architects was founded by Stephanie Macdonald and Tom Emerson in 2001. Threading contemporary uses and spaces through London’s historic and landscape settings in early projects Raven Row and the South London Gallery, both models of adaptive reuse attracting RIBA National Awards, the practice has designed many cultural projects internationally. Forested courtyards structure the new residential court at Churchill College Cambridge and a photography studio for Juergen Teller, nominated for the Stirling Prize in 2017.
6a’s work includes artists’ studios, art galleries, fashion flagship stores, exhibitions, post-industrial re-use and housing internationally. 6a recently completed a new housing development on the Hamburg waterfront, the new not for profit, Centre for Art Research and Alliances (CARA) in New York and is currently leading the design to reimagine Tate Liverpool.