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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.
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Reynolds Room, RA
The Public Catalogue Foundation was set up in 2003 to catalogue every oil painting in public ownership in the UK. This unique and ambitious project involved visiting over 3,000 collections across the country.
£15. Friends only.
Highgate West Cemetery
We return to Highgate Cemetery for a guided tour of the private west section, which includes the atmospheric Lebanon Circle Vaults, Egyptian Avenue and Terrace Catacombs.
£26. Friends only.
Arlington Street, London
The Caprice group’s restaurants have always had a close association with the contemporary art world, featuring works by leading British artists including Damien Hirst, Polly Morgan and Tracey Emin, with many pieces especially created for the restaurants.
£40. Coffee and tour. £85 - Coffee and tour followed by brunch.
Friends enjoy a guided-walking tour of the medieval and historic architecture of the city and, after lunch, a tour of the magnificent St Albans Cathedral.
£78. Friends only.
The Sackler Wing of Galleries, Burlington House
Friends of the RA can enjoy exclusive access to our ‘Richard Diebenkorn’ exhibition before it opens to the public.
17 Gough Square, EC4
At this curator led evening event, Friends will enjoy a private visit to Dr Johnson’s house, one of the few residential houses of its age that survives in the City of London.
We privately tour the London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Lambeth Palace, with its 13th century vaulted crypt and Tudor gatehouse.
£29. Friends only.
Friends privately tour this impressive castle, built by William the Conqueror to dominate the Welland Valley.
Fine Rooms, Royal Academy of Arts
Join us for an evening drinks reception and private view of ‘Rubens and His Legacy’ followed by a chamber-music recital featuring musicians from the Philharmonia Orchestra.
£45 / £22. Friends Only.
Friends privately tour Woburn Abbey in advance of its open season.
£95. Friends only.
Friends privately tour Charleston, the rural meeting place of the Bloomsbury Group, and visit Berwick Church.
£76. Friends only.
The Sackler Wing, Burlington House
Friends of the RA can enjoy exclusive access to the galleries in this early morning opening of Richard Diebenkorn.
Friends of the RA can enjoy exclusive access to the galleries in this early morning opening of ‘Rubens and His Legacy’.
Reynolds Room, Burlington House
Hear from our Secretary and Chief Executive, Charles Saumarez Smith and Director of Artistic Programmes, Tim Marlow as they reveal their exciting plans for our future.
Free, booking required. Friends Only.
Learn about where it all began back in 1768 from our archivist Mark Pomeroy as he regales you with tales of our founders and the eclectic cast of characters who helped shape the Royal Academy.
RA Library, Burlington House
Allow our archivist and librarian to guide you through our collection of books and other fascinating objects from our history, before unwinding with a glass of wine in the Keeper’s House.
£28. (incl. glass of wine) Friends only.
Meet at the Friends Desk in the Keeper's House
The Burlington Project is our biggest expansion in more than 150 years. Join Burlington Appeal Manager, Joseph Green for a tour of the site and hear all about how we’ll be celebrating our 250th anniversary in 2018.
Free, booking required. Friends only.
Keeper's House, Burlington House
Come along for an informal conversation between Royal Academician Jock McFadyen and Exhibition Manager Paul Sirr as Jock shares what it’s like to be on hanging committee for the first time.
Hear from printmaker Chris Orr RA about printmaking and get his top tips on how to be a clever collector.
See a part of the RA usually hidden behind closed doors – Britain’s oldest fine art school. Head of Material Processes Mark Hampson will take you on a fascinating tour and reveal this hub of artistic activity.
Nick Tite, Head of RA Publishing, appears in conversation with Royal Academician Tess Jaray as they discuss her new book “The Blue Cupboard” in the Academicians’ Room.
£5. Friends only.
The Sackler Wing of Galleries
Revered as one of the great post-war masters, Richard Diebenkorn is an artist whose staunchly independent career took him from abstraction to figuration and back again. Learn more about his life and work with curator Edith Devaney.
£22 (includes breakfast). Friends only.
Develop your drawing skills through a two hour life drawing session with Mark Hampson, Head of Material Processes in the RA Schools. Price includes materials and refreshments.
£50. Friends only.
Meet the Keeper of the Royal Academy, Eileen Cooper RA, and join her on an intimate tour of the Academy, including her private studio and the Keeper’s House.
Last year we launched, ‘Art Sales’, a fantastic new way for you to buy contemporary art online. This private view is a chance to see highlights from Art Sales in our biannual selling show held in the Keeper’s House.
Learn how to make a print with an RA Schools Fellow in the RA
Schools. Price includes materials and refreshments.
£75. Friends only.
You may have noticed our much-loved security guards all wear red collars, and they have been since the 1790s. Now known affectionately as ‘the red collars’, they are experts in all things RA. Join Chief Red Collar Mick O’Halloran for coffee in the Keeper’s House and find out all our juiciest secrets!
Chat informally to one of our newest Academicians, Bob and Roberta Smith in the Keeper’s House and get his take on art, politics and his own work.
Friends of the RA can enjoy exclusive access to the galleries in this late night opening of ‘Richard Diebenkorn’.
Experience the splendour of the Fine Rooms accompanied by one of our own, Norman Ackroyd RA – known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the RA and our history.
Ever wondered how an art exhibition is installed? With over 30 years of experience and stories of the RA, Dan Cowap tells all in the Belle Shenkman Room, in the Keeper’s House.