2015 October: Ai Weiwei Friends Event

Private View of Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy

      30th October 2015,  8.00 am


PRIVATE VIEW: Friday, 30th October 2015,  8.00 am

Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Limited spaces available!!!

Ai Weiwei's landmark exhibition at the Royal Academy will present the first major institutional survey of his artistic output.  The exhibition will include significant works from 1993 onwards, the date of Ai Weiwei's return to China after more than a decade living in New York.  Ai Weiwei has created new, site-specific installations and interventions throughout the Royal Academy's spaces.
Curated by Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, and Adrian Lock, Senior Curator, in close collaboration with Ai Weiwei.

We have been given early access to this exhibition before it opens to the public at 10.00am.  

Members can arrive between 8.00 and 9.00a.m for this private viewing.

Ai Weiwei in his studio in Beijing, taken in April 2015 Photo © Harry Pearce/Pentagram, 2015

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2015 October: Louis Vuitton Friends Event London

On 14 October a group of Hermitage Friends had immense fun at a private view of


This was the third in a series of artistic displays designed to portray the creative inspirations behind Louis Vuitton collections (this time for autumn/winter 2015), to coincide with the collection's arrival in stores. This modern and unexpected reinterpretation of a fashion show took the form of an installation, a thirteen-room journey over three floors, exploring every step in the creative process that went towards creating this season's collection – from initial product sketches, through to the experiences of the models on the day of the show.


A good time was had by all, not least Janice Sacher - our Deputy Chief Executive, who organises all the Friends events!


2015 June: Hermitage Friends are Friends Indeed

Facilitating a trip to St Petersburg by British visually impaired students

In June three A-level students from the WESC Foundation in Exeter - a specialist school for visual impairment - visited St Petersburg accompanied by their teacher Julian Davey and their carer Huw Hennessy. One of their many adventures was a free private tour of the State Hermitage Museum, arranged with the help of the Hermitage UK Foundation.

They received a warm and generous welcome from the Constantine Grot School, Russia’s oldest school for the blind, with which they hope to develop an ongoing relationship, and in a letter of thanks to St Petersburg they praised everyone who helped them get around a city not known for its accessibility to those with visual impairment or limited mobility!

Check out their report on their visit at