Access at the RA
We welcome visitors with disabilities, their carers, family members and friends to the RA.
Whether you’re taking part in our programme of multi-sensory gallery workshops, enjoying a dedicated private view for wheelchair users, or just popping in for a visit, we do everything we can to make sure your experience of the RA is enjoyable, comfortable and memorable.
All our accessible events include a social component, which we hope creates a welcoming, informal environment, encouraging conversation and interaction.
See all our upcoming events for disabled audiences, or explore below to find out about our range of accessible programmes.
InMotion at the RA
Welcoming visitors with limited mobility
All areas of our buildings are accessible, except Gallery 6 on the Mezzanine Level in Burlington Gardens.
There are accessible toilets available on the ground floor of Burlington House and Burlington Gardens. There is also an accessible toilet on the lower ground floor of Burlington House, next to the Dining Room in the Keeper’s House.
Portable folding stools are available for use in the galleries and can be collected on your way into the exhibitions.
We have two parking spaces available for blue badge holders. To book, call 020 7300 8028.
InMotion private views for mobility-impaired visitors
We run a programme of early morning private views for wheelchair users and visitors with mobility impairments, where you can explore our exhibitions without the crowds, followed by coffee and conversation.
We have trained volunteer escorts who can assist you with a wheelchair or lend a supportive arm, who can be booked via the Access Officer
We also have standard-sized manual wheelchairs available for hire.
To book a wheelchair call 020 7300 8028
InTouch at the RA
Blind and visually impaired visitors
We do everything we can to make the RA accessible for blind and visually impaired visitors.
• We welcome guide dogs and a bowl is available at the Information Desk.
• Large print lists of works and gallery guides are available for exhibitions.
• Audio guides are available for most exhibitions and always include a selection of audio described stops. These are free of charge for visually impaired visitors.
A trained volunteer can offer a one-to-one descriptive tour of the exhibition, but please book this volunteer service two weeks in advance of your visit.
Handling events and audio-described tours
Every year a number of sculptures in the Summer Exhibition are available to be explored by touch. They are identified in our large print guides and by a separate list available at the entrance to the exhibition.
We run a series of audio description and handling events for every exhibition, as well as the RA’s permanent collections.
An audio describer delivers a verbal description of artworks. Visitors also handle multi-sensory tailor-made objects created by an artist educator to illustrate the exhibition.
To find out more and book, call 020 7300 5839, fax 020 7300 8023 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Interact at the RA
Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing visitors
We offer a range of facilities to help visitors explore our exhibitions and come to events.
• We welcome hearing dogs.
• Audio guide transcripts are available on request from the audio guide desk at the entrance of the exhibition.
• Induction loops are available at all information desks in Burlington House, Burlington Gardens and also in the Royal Academy shop. Please utilise the loop setting on your hearing aid to use these.
We run a series of BSL and Speech-to-Text gallery talks and tours for our exhibitions. These tours are delivered by deaf artists and art historians, as well as curators and artist educators. Deaf hosts support the events.
InMind at the RA
For visitors living with dementia
InMind at the RA is our programme of art sessions for visitors living with early to mid-stages of dementia. We welcome people experiencing dementia, their family, carers and support workers. Artist educators lead these workshops within our permanent collection galleries, where we discuss artworks together and explore multi-sensory handling objects to further engage with elements of the artworks. Occasionally these sessions also involve a creative element.
InMind at the RA - ‘Coffee and Conversation’ sessions
Enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation while looking at artworks from the RA Collection and exploring some objects from our tailor made multi sensory handling collection. These sessions take place once a month, cost £3 and are free for carers or family members and for Friends of the RA.
InPractice at the RA
A space for artists to share and celebrate their art practice
The Access team at the RA welcomes you to a new kind of interactive event. If you are a disabled artist or someone with a creative practice that faces barriers to accessing the art world and you’d like to share your work with others, then we’d like you to join artists from our Community and Access programmes by welcoming you to present a series of slide images of your work and to talk about your art.
If you would like to take part or need more information, please contact our Access Manager Molly Bretton at email@example.com.
If you would prefer to watch the presentation, or to support and appreciate others then come along!
Each event holds 10 spaces for artist presentations.
InStudio at the RA
Creative Workshop for Access and Community Groups
These creative workshops are designed for groups working with disabled adults or adults at risk of exclusion from arts and culture. These workshops focus on a chosen RA exhibition and are led by two artist educators. Individuals within the groups are supported to explore and respond to artworks within the gallery and then guided to create their own artworks, in response to themes and techniques shown in the exhibition.
Tailored workshops for SEN schools
We welcome SEN schools for workshops during our programme of Special Schools Weeks, which run three times a year.
These workshops are tailored to the needs of each group and include multi-sensory exhibition tours, followed by handling and creative sessions.
Specially trained RA Access volunteers support these workshops, which take place between 10.30am and 2pm.
Call 020 7300 5995 for more information.
This programme is supported by The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation.