Until 7 June 2015
★★★★★ "Magnificent" – Evening Standard
Revered as one of the great post-war masters in his native United States, Richard Diebenkorn is an artist whose staunchly independent career takes us from abstraction to figuration and back again.
8 June — 16 August 2015
The Summer Exhibition is unlike any other. For 247 years, we’ve showcased the most exciting painting, sculpture, film, architecture and photography from new and established artists. Get ready to discover your new favourite artist.
London Original Print Fair Lecture with Bob and Roberta Smith RA
Join us for an event in celebration of LOPF’s 30th anniversary, featuring guest speaker Bob and Roberta Smith RA who will be discussing: why prints are not just for hanging in frames but also for putting in windows!
Hughie O’Donoghue RA: “painting is archaeology in reverse”
The Royal Academician explains how the nature of memory and a sense of place are driving forces in his latest series of paintings.
Short Story Award: submissions now open
The RA’s collaboration with Pin Drop continues with the launch of a new literature award, offering a unique platform for emerging and established writers to showcase their short stories.
Richard Diebenkorn: inside the show
Take a look inside our Richard Diebenkorn exhibition in these short videos presented by the exhibition’s curators.
London Original Print Fair 2015
23 – 26 April
Now in its 30th year, the fair is Europe’s largest works–on–paper event, spanning 500 years of old master, modern and contemporary prints.
Sculpture in the Courtyard
Frank Stella Hon RA
A new large-scale sculpture by Frank Stella Hon RA, one of the most important living American artists, is on display in the Annenberg Courtyard.
In the neighbourhood: Exploring Ai Weiwei’s ‘village’ in Beijing
Behind the scenes
A vibrant arts quarter has grown up around Ai Weiwei’s home and studio in Beijing. Our curator Adrian Locke explores the area, and finds himself on a journey into the city’s past.
10 game-changing art manifestos
Inspired by the notes of Richard Diebenkorn, we explore ten dictums that shook up the art world – from Sir Joshua Reynolds to the Guerilla Girls.
Anish Kapoor RA at Lisson Gallery
The Royal Academician explains how his new paintings in silicone and resin have a close connection to his blockbuster 2009 show at the RA.
Friends Week: 17–23 May
Get ready for our first ever Friends Week – seven days of specially planned events, activities and exclusive tours. See us up close like never before: learn, discover and marvel.
Bryan Kneale RA at Pangolin London
An exhibition of five decades of Bryan Kneale’s sculpture and works on paper gives the Academician a chance to see his work afresh.
The month in architecture
From the biggest architecture news and the latest prizes to the wackiest new projects, this is a round up of everything you need to know in one handy post.
An Abiding Standard
The Prints of Stanley Anderson RA
25 February — 24 May 2015
A key figure in the revival of line engraving in the 1920s, Stanley Anderson RA (1884–1966) is best known for his series of prints memorialising England’s vanishing rural crafts.
Courtyard sculpture: Conrad Shawcross RA
Conrad Shawcross RA will create a new site-specific installation for the RA Courtyard for the Summer Exhibition 2015, called 'The Dappled Light of the Sun' (2015). The large-scale, immersive work will consist of a group of five steel ‘clouds’, which will inhabit the courtyard’s central space.
Free RA Tours
Discover the art, architecture and history of the RA in these special, one-hour tours that include the historic John Madejski Fine Rooms.
Podcast: Tatiana Bilbao
Mexican architect, Tatiana Bilbao, discusses her recent projects and the relationship between people and place throughout her work.
The act of drawing is at the heart of everything I do. It is the most intimate of processes and at its best reveals both the hand and mind of the artist to the viewer.
Rebecca Salter RA
Four Visions for the Future of Housing
What might the future hold for housing in the UK? What are the challenges faced now and how can they be overcome? We put these questions to Mæ Architects, Dallas Pierce Quintero, 5th Studio and Sarah Wigglesworth Architects who came up with a range of intriguing visions.
Exploring Stanley Anderson’s London
These videos explore Stanley Anderson’s etchings of London in the 1920s, showing a city in the throes of dramatic change.
Exhibition curator Sarah C. Bancroft on Richard Diebenkorn
Bancroft explores Richard Diebenkorn’s consuming attention to detail and improvisational process that led to his magnificent compositions.
Zaha Hadid RA in conversation with Alain Elkann
In this video, the eminent architect discusses her approach to her work and her thoughts on the past, present and future of architecture.
Should art be more political?
Should art have politics at the forefront of its agenda? Artist Bob and Roberta Smith RA and critic Kelly Grovier go head to head.
Cornelia Parker’s poppies at the Whitworth
A survey of work by Cornelia Parker RA is the opening show at Manchester’s newly renovated Whitworth Gallery – featuring a room hung with the negatives from a poppy factory.
Behind the scenes
A day in the life
Molly Bretton, Access Manager
How can we make art accessible for all our audiences? We chatted to a key member of our learning team about her role.
Very rarely as an artist do you get that real ecstasy of painting – you are always chasing it.
Chantal Joffe RA
House of curiosities
In the studio with Tom Phillips RA
When artist Tom Phillips RA rented a room in a south London house 50 years ago, little did he know the entire house would become his studio...