Charles I: King and Collector
27 January – 15 April 2018
Discover the astounding treasures in the king's legendary art collection, brought together for the first time since the 17th century when he changed the tastes of the nation.
Henrietta Maria: the queen behind Charles I's art collection
With the couple’s extraordinary art collection currently on display at the RA, the consort’s biographer Erin Griffey explores her life, style and legacy.
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Artemisia Gentileschi in 60 seconds
Tim Marlow gives a quick introduction to Artemisia Gentileschi, one of very few women who carved out a career in the 17th-century art world.
Top picks from the Collection: Emma Stibbon RA
When painter and printmaker Emma Stibbon heard that she’d been elected an RA five years ago, she was in the middle of the Antarctic Ocean on an artist placement. Here, the intrepid artist picks out her favourite works from the Collection, featuring early photography, postwar painting and fantastical etching.
Coming soon: The New RA
On 19 May 2018, we'll unveil a transformed cultural campus with new free displays for art and architecture. Here's what to expect.
Princes and painters: a who’s who of Charles I’s court
Before you visit our Charles I exhibition, brush up on the king's major players with portraits from his own remarkable collection.
The RA Collection in 250 objects: Mythical monsters
To celebrate our 250th birthday this year, we’re highlighting 250 beautiful, odd and inspiring objects from the RA Collection across 25 themes. In this edition, we’re looking at the fearsome mythical beasts lurking in the shadows of our archives, from the colossal serpents of Norse legend to hideous hydras from Greek myth.
Festival of Ideas
Be part of the most thought-provoking conversations in London this September, as the RA hosts a meeting of great minds in art, architecture, literature, design, film and music, for ten days of electric debate and discussion.
10 art shows to see in March
Spring has sprung, and so have many new exhibitions. From an architectural detective agency to a history of cross-dressing, here are some of the best shows to see this month.
RA250 limited-edition memberships
All the usual benefits of being a member of the RA, plus exclusive extras to celebrate our 250th birthday.
Buy works by Chris Orr RA
Unique works on paper by Chris Orr RA from his new display, The Miserable Lives of Fabulous Artists, are available to buy through Art Sales, and are currently on display in our Keeper's House.
Missed our first ever livestreamed life class? You can catch up with the full video right here, following our expert model Andrew's poses and Jonathan Yeo's tips as they happened on the night.
Basil Beattie RA: A Passage of Time
23 February — 23 April 2018
This solo display of works on paper presents pieces ranging from some of Senior Academician Basil Beattie’s earliest prints, to vibrant new drawings.
Our 250th anniversary celebrations aren't limited to London. Arts institutions across the country are joining us to take a look back at our history and celebrate the artists and architects who have shaped the RA – and many other galleries and museums in the UK. Discover the RA where you are.
Submit your short story
The fourth annual RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award is now accepting submissions – send in your short stories for your chance to win £500 and hear your work read at the RA by a leading actor.
Make Your Mark on A New Royal Academy of Arts
As the RA approaches its 250th anniversary, we're transforming our building to open up new spaces for exhibitions, learning and debate. Make Your Mark on A New Royal Academy of Arts by naming a statue, adopting a work or simply making a donation.
A picture says a thousand words
Start exploring our Collection with an image, and continue through moods, mediums, colours or styles. Or, be inspired by an artist’s favourites in one of our online audio tours.
Missed a talk at the RA?
Catch up on events at the RA with these audio recordings.
Visit our online shop
Browse our range of artistic products designed and inspired by Royal Academicians, from Grayson Perry and Yinka Shonibare to David Hockney and Zaha Hadid.
Shop prints, canvases and framed reproductions from our collection
Browse more than 600 images to find the perfect work for your own walls, or a gift for a friend.
Become part of our private members' room
Expect artworks by Royal Academicians on display, an exceptional food menu and an exciting programme of events, including our Friday night DJ sessions.