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From its foundation in 1768 the Royal Academy of Arts has provided a voice for art and artists. We are an independent charity led by eminent artists and architects—the Royal Academicians—and we pursue our mission through exhibitions, education and debate.
How the attention given to material choices and use in our 'Sensing Spaces' exhibition inspired a debate about the essential building blocks of architecture.
Ahead of a special event at the RA, one of our panellists tells us about the figures behind a 19th-century love triangle that scandalised the art world.
This summer the RA’s 24th Annual Architecture Lecture was given by Pritzker Prize-winning Spanish Architect, Rafael Moneo in the inspiring setting of the Summer Exhibition.
Internationally esteemed novelist Tim Winton reads from his collection of short stories 'The Turning'.
Owen Hopkins reports on the culmination of a project that invited design teams to propose new and speculative ideas of what Mayfair could look like in the future.
Have you ever walked around London and wished you’d had a camera to hand and the confidence to capture the street life of the capital?
How would you like to make the leap from Etsy and creative fairs to the shelves of the Royal Academy?
Summer holiday fun for tiny Turners and kid Constables.
As the conflict continued, the Royal Academy adapted its exhibition programme to support the war effort.
The First World War took a heavy toll on the Royal Academy's artists, staff and students - and left indelible scars on our building.
How the RA played a role in the development of a dazzling new form of camouflage.
With volunteers drilling in the courtyard and the Red Cross taking over the galleries, the RA soon found itself at the centre of the war effort.
A snapshot of the Royal Academy on 4 August 1914, with the country poised on the brink of war.
We're joining in with a national moment of reflection on Monday 4 August.
Inspired by 'Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album', a crowd of teenagers from the RA’s youth programme attRAct took to the streets of Soho to document the city.
Ever wondered how we plan for our monthly Family Studios? Book artist Anna Nunhofer takes us behind the scenes of the Learning department as she prepared for July’s workshop ‘Beguiling Books’.
Looking for ways to keep your kids interested this summer? Why not try a visit to the Summer Exhibition, a perfect opportunity to introduce children to art.
Claire Madge observes a family SEN (Special Educational Needs) workshop at the RA.
Rebecca Milling describes the story of how straws from our 'Sensing Spaces' exhibition travelled to Swawou Layout Foundation Primary School for Girls, Sierra Leone.
Friends Events Coordinator Courtney Cooke explains how her team formulates ideas for events, and how you can join us on one of these exclusive trips.
For many homeless and marginalised people, art-making can seem a closed-off world. Our learning team tell us how the RA is trying to change that.
Chair of the Friends Board of Trustees Denise Wilson talks to Sam Phillips about her role at the Academy.
Celebrate the Solstice with the RA. We’ve got blues, burlesque and barnstorming yarns for you at our very special late night event.
If you came down to the RA last Sunday, you were sure of a big surprise…
For the first time we have joined forces with the British Designers' Collective to celebrate British talent.
Two of our interns tell us about what life is like working in the Learning Department at the RA.
Hot on the heels of 'Sensing Spaces' we have an exciting programme of architecture events and exhibitions coming up this summer.
Great news for families and young people! As of early June 2014, we are extending our offer of free admission to all exhibitions here at the RA to children aged 15 and under.
Picture the scene: you’re an A-level art student, approaching the end of your course and considering your educational future. What comes next?
Royal Academician and printmaker Anne Desmet led a workshop for attRAct students, taking inspiration from our current exhibition, 'Renaissance Impressions'.
As part of the RA Outreach programme we give school students across the UK the chance to take part in life drawing workshops to discover the important role that drawing can play in developing creativity. But w...
On Sunday 13 April families gathered at the Royal Academy to participate in our epic pre-Easter celebrations at the 'Lego Reimagined' workshop.
Inspired by the chiaroscuro woodcuts in 'Renaissance Impressions', our Learning Department recently held a fun hands-on workshop for families.
New Royal Academicians are awarded a Diploma that has been printed by hand from the same copper plate since 1769. We visited Simon Lawson to take you through the elaborate printing process.
This Friday, we welcome the theatre company Small Things, who will present a performance that challenges perceptions of age and ageing.
As the V&A celebrates the highly influential artist and designer, we reveal how William Kent’s career came to life with his work for Burlington House – now the home of the Royal Academy.
It’s not only the critics who have been hailing the success of 'Sensing Spaces'; the exhibition has been a huge hit with school groups too.
As you might have noticed, our website has changed. This is the first stage of ambitious plans to open up the Academy and provide new ways to engage with art and artists.
In the midst of this historic institution, a digital revolution is taking place. Here we introduce the Californian technology pioneers who are transforming our virtual world, starting with this brand new websi...
Recent years have seen a host of new innovations here at the RA, but the election process for new Academicians has hardly changed in almost 250 years. Here is how it all works.
A special late opening of ‘Sensing Spaces’ as part of our attRAct programme.
As the V&A explores the influential career of William Kent this season, we explore three works that testify to the abiding achievements of 18th-century Britain’s most versatile artist and designer.
A mysterious artwork at this year’s Summer Exhibition is not to be missed.
Families put on their most gorgeous grins and came along to the RA for the January Family Studio workshop ‘Funny Faces’, inspired by the work of French artist and caricaturist Honoré Daumier.
How's this for a crane's eye view of the London skyline?
The emerging installations give me a thrill as I walk through the galleries, checking drawings, looking at details, observing the teams solving all sorts of practical issues on site.
Christmas and the holiday period was rather a surreal time. While others were thinking about feasts and wrapping presents, our minds were reeling with schedules of lorries and orders for installation.
Sensing Spaces will transform the RA's Main Galleries with structures, light, sounds and smells. Hear from behind the scenes as the exhibition installation gets underway.
With the opening of the Academy’s Keeper’s House, a haven for artists and art lovers has been created in the heart of London.
Culture, history and rejection in the Google era.
We've recently been awarded £12.7m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). It'll transform our buildings – but also the way we engages with our visitors.
A one-day symposium concerned with the management of reading, with Lucy Skaer, Angie Keefer, Nina Power, Cally Spooner and Natasha Soobramanien.
Theory, fiction, criticism, confession?