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.
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.
Until 11 March 2018
Explore the past, present and future of making art from life as technological evolutions open up new ways of making and seeing.
Anthony van Dyck in 60 seconds
Who was Anthony van Dyck? Why was he so adored by King Charles I? Our Artistic Director Tim Marlow explores his life and work in this short video.
Free student ticket offer
Top picks from the Collection: Tom Kerridge
Top chef Tom Kerridge has a longstanding love of art. Against the bustling backdrop of his two Michelin-starred pub, he tells us about some favourite works in the RA Collection, starting with a particularly grisly sculpture.
Charles I & Charles II: joint ticket offer
RA250 limited-edition memberships
All the usual benefits of being a member of the RA, plus exclusive extras to celebrate our 250th birthday.
RA Lates: Night at the Palace
It’s 1640 and you’re invited to a spectacular court festival, known as a masque. Join us on Saturday 3 March as the RA becomes King Charles I’s Whitehall Palace for the night.
10 art shows to see in February
Steal away from the grey skies to explore art from around the world this month. Our picks include modern art from Algeria, China and Morocco, a new perspective on North Korea, and a devastating reminder of the ongoing Syrian conflict.
Introducing a new beta site for our Collection
We're excited to present you a new way to explore our Collection online – take a look.
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.
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.
Etching: The Infernal Method
Until 19 February 2018
Curated by Norman Ackroyd RA, this selection of works for sale celebrates the diversity of contemporary etching practice.
The RA has launched two new international architecture awards: the Royal Academy Architecture Prize for an inspiring and enduring contribution to the culture of architecture, and the RA Dorfman Award for new talent. In this video, judges explain why they awarded the inaugural Royal Academy Architecture Prize to Itsuko Hasagawa.
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.
Strike a pose: 250 years of life drawing at the RA
As From Life explores the past, present and future of representing bodies in art, we look back at the Royal Academy’s 250-year tradition of drawing nude models.
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.
El Anatsui Hon RA: Benchmarks
Until 20 April 2018
See the artist's new limited-edition prints in the Academicians’ Room.
International Women's Day events
Throughout early March, we’re presenting a series of events to celebrate International Women's Day, exploring ideas of feminist futures through art and architecture. Join us as we investigate the power of art practice as a catalyst for social change.
360 video: Jonathan Yeo's self-portrait made in virtual reality
As part of our From Life exhibition project, painter Jonathan Yeo has been depicting his own body in VR. Explore his studio and the process behind his work in this 360 degree video.
Missed a talk at the RA?
Catch up on events at the RA with these audio recordings.
Announcing 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.
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.