Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
Piccadilly
London
Greater London
W1J 0BD
England

Website

www.royalacademy.org.uk/

E-mail

events.lectures@royalacademy.org.uk

Telephone

020 7300 8000

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The Royal Academy of Arts was founded by George III in 1768. Governed by artists to 'promote the arts of design' and was the first institution in Great Britain devoted solely to the promotion of the visual arts. The Royal Academy raised the standing of art, artists and architecture. It has held an annual selling exhibition since its formation and held its first loan exhibition in 1870 of 'Ancient Masters'. It now enjoys an unrivalled reputation as a venue for exhibitions of international importance.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Library, Historic house or home, Museum

Opening hours

Sat-Thurs 10.00-18.00
Fri 10.00-22.00

Admission charges

Varies with each exhibition

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Collection details

Design, Fine Art, Architecture

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Members in Focus: Mick Rooney RA

  • 30 October 2014 — 23 April 2015 *on now

This exhibition is the first in a new series celebrating the work of our Royal Academicians. Mick Rooney RA describes the selection as ‘the snippets that come out of the everyday’.

Admission

Please check before visiting.

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/members-in-focus-mick-rooney-ra

drawing showing young woman looking in mirror over a mantelpiece with a ghostly figure in the reflection

Charles Stewart: Black and White Gothic

  • 20 December 2014 — 15 February 2015 *on now

Unsettling, otherworldly and murderous scenarios are dramatically played out in Charles Stewart’s deceptively simple book illustrations, striking examples of the neglected British tradition of black and white book art.

Illustrator Charles Stewart (1915–2001) was haunted by the Victorian novel Uncle Silas (1864) for over 40 years. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s tale of Maud Ruthyn, a naïve heiress in peril, inspired Stewart to produce a set of 30 full-page pen and ink drawings, in the manner of the great graphic artists of the nineteenth century.

The novel takes place within the confines of a neglected country house and its grounds. The decay is moral as well as physical, as hints of murder, immorality and the occult hover around the spectral Silas. A fascinating array of influences formed Stewart’s personal vision of Silas, Maud and the house Bartram-Haugh; influences we can identify from his archive, held in the RA Collection. Film stills and theatre designs, proofs and publishing materials from the abortive Bodley Head edition of Uncle Silas (1948) are displayed alongside the decorative binding designs made for the edition finally realised by the Folio Society in 1988.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Complimentary entry with a valid Royal Academy exhibition ticket or £3 General Admission ticket. Friends of the RA go free.

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/charles-stewart

painting of tiger, lion and leopard hunt

Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne

  • 24 January — 10 April 2015 *on now

Peter Paul Rubens has been described as the “prince of painters”. A bold claim? Judge for yourself at this, the first major overview of his work and legacy.

Admission

£16.50 (without donation £15). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/rubens-and-his-legacy

Premiums: Interim Projects 2015

  • 13 February — 11 March 2015

This annual exhibition provides an opportunity to view new work by emerging artists at a point when their work is still developing, during their three year postgraduate course at the RA Schools, Britain’s first art school. The exhibition includes painting, performance, photography, sculpture, site-specific installation and video.

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/premiums-interim-projects-2015

engraving showing two sailors looking over harbour wall

An Abiding Standard: The Prints of Stanley Anderson RA

  • 25 February — 24 May 2015

Stanley Anderson RA (1884-1966) was a key figure in the revival of line engraving in the 1920s, and is best known for his series of prints memorialising England’s vanishing rural crafts.

This exhibition considers Anderson’s engravings alongside lesser-known works in a printmaking career spanning nearly half a century, including drypoints of continental market scenes, etchings of down-and-outs in 1920s London, and alternative city views of construction and demolition sites.

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions-and-events#

painting of girl on a terrace

Richard Diebenkorn

  • 14 March — 7 June 2015

A focused exploration of the artist’s ever-changing, always compelling career across four decades, shifting from the abstract to the figurative in both painting and works on paper. The exhibition comprises of over 50 works with significant loans from public and private collections in the United States and Europe.

Diebenkorn created an exceptional and consistently intriguing body of work. The exhibition reveals the vital role he played in the development of American art, and is be arranged to reflect the three distinct periods of his work.

During the early stage of his career in the 1950s he gained recognition as a leading abstract expressionist yet in 1955 he turned his attention to figurative painting, considered at the time as a surprising and unfashionable shift, although he achieved considerable success working in this genre. In 1967, having relocated to Southern California from the San Fancisco Bay Area, he returned to abstract paintings and drawings beginning a second long and highly successful period in this style.

The exhibition highlights his staunch artistic independence and shows the ease of movement between styles, which were hallmarks of his career.

Admission

£11.50 (without donation £10). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/richard-diebenkorn

The Converse x Dazed Emerging Artists Award 2015

  • 18 April — 17 May 2015

A celebration of exciting new talent in the art world, the Converse x Dazed Emerging Artists Award is one of the most prestigious competitions for UK artists at the start of their career. In 2015, we play host to work by the winners in our Burlington Gardens galleries for the very first time.

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/the-converse-dazed-emerging-artists

Summer Exhibition 2015

  • 8 June — 16 August 2015

Now in its 247th year, this exhibition continues the tradition of showcasing work by both emerging and established artists in all media, including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and film. The Summer Exhibition attracts a high volume of entrants annually with over 10,000 entries received in 2013.

Admission

£13.50 (without donation £12). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/summer-exhibition-2015

RA Schools Show 2015

  • 12 — 28 June 2015

Held in the historic studio spaces of the Schools, the exhibition invites students to show works developed over a three-year period of postgraduate study, providing visitors with a rare opportunity to view and buy exceptional pieces from an aspiring generation of artists.

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/ra-schools-show-2015

sculpture: wooden box containg paper bird and newspaper clippings

Joseph Cornell Wanderlust

  • 4 July — 27 September 2015

From a basement in New York, Joseph Cornell channelled his limitless imagination into some of the most original art of the 20th century. Step into his beguiling world at this landmark exhibition.

Admission

£11.50 (without donation £10). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/joseph-cornell

photograph of Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei

  • 19 September — 13 December 2015

In September 2015 the RA welcomes Ai Weiwei, the major artist and cultural phenomenon. His work is visionary, iconoclastic and increasingly political. When he speaks, the world listens.

Admission

£15.50 (without donation £15). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/ai-weiwei

Painting of woman with colourful gold robes

Jean-Etienne Liotard

  • 24 October 2015 — 31 January 2016

Jean-Etienne Liotard was an artist in great demand at noble courts across Enlightenment Europe. An eccentric and distinctive portraitist, he also made carefully observed scenes of contemporary life in far-flung locales.

Admission

£11.50 (without donation £10). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/jean-etienne-liotard

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