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.
Ai Weiwei will travel to the UK for RA exhibition
The artist has had his passport returned and will attend his landmark exhibition in our galleries.
Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust
4 July — 27 September 2015
★★★★★ - The Guardian
From a basement in New York, Joseph Cornell channelled his limitless imagination into some of the most original art of the 20th century. Step into his beguiling world at this landmark exhibition.
Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
30 January — 20 April 2016
This major exhibition examines the role of gardens in the paintings of Claude Monet and his contemporaries. Spanning the early 1860s to the 1920s, a period of tremendous social change and innovation in the arts, it will include Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde artists.
View all the Summer Exhibition works online
Using the new Explorer, browse, collect and share your favourite Summer artworks on social media, or enjoy online guided tours with figures from across the arts, including a number of Royal Academicians – the artists who curate the exhibition.
Hide and Seek: Drawings by Eileen Cooper RA
Until 23 August 2015
This summer the RA celebrates the art of Eileen Cooper RA with an exhibition of drawings spanning almost 40 years of her career.
Introducing Ai Weiwei’s ‘Tree’
Behind the scenes
Curator Adrian Locke on the monumental installation that will be coming to the RA’s courtyard alongside our Ai Weiwei exhibition.
Don’t worry what other people say about your work. Be free. That’s what art is about.
Cornelia Parker RA
Joseph Cornell: A beginner’s guide
This July, the Royal Academy opens a landmark exhibition devoted to the beguiling works of Joseph Cornell – one of the most original artists of the 20th century.
Posters: A Century of Summer Exhibitions at the Royal Academy
This new book brings together over 50 posters that celebrate 100 years of contemporary visual culture.
Was Joseph Cornell an outsider artist?
An avid collector who defied categorisation and never spent a night away from home, Cornell also exhibited with the biggest names of his day. So what makes an artist an outsider artist? Five experts discuss.
Joseph Cornell: armchair voyager
The title of our Joseph Cornell exhibition is ‘Wanderlust’. Curator Sarah Lea describes how this theme is closely linked to Cornell’s artistic practice, and his travels of the imagination.
19 September — 13 December 2015
In September 2015 major artist and cultural phenomenon Ai Weiwei takes over our main galleries with brave, provocative and visionary works.
Rebecca Salter RA on Japanese woodblock printing
The Academician has spent her career studying and promoting the threatened art of Japanese woodblock printing. Here, she tells us about her new prints, commissioned for the Summer Exhibition.
A-level Summer Exhibition Online 2015
A showcase of Britain’s best young artistic talent. This year, 1,200 aspiring artists attending sixth form colleges or schools, submitted their work to the A-level Summer Exhibition Online 2015. Take a look at the exhibition of 38 exceptional works of art, selected by our expert panel
Joseph Cornell and his poets
Ted Hughes Poetry Prize-nominated author Tamar Yoseloff, leader of our upcoming short course, explores the poets whose writings had a profound effect on Joseph Cornell.
Michael Craig-Martin, man for all seasons
As Michael Craig-Martin RA co-ordinates this year’s Summer Exhibition, the Curator and Head of the RA Schools Eliza Bonham Carter discovers in a new book what makes this leading artist and teacher tick.
Terrace Wires: Cornelia Parker RA
From 28 May 2015
Celebrated British sculptor Cornelia Parker RA presents a new public installation in St Pancras International station.
Explore Daniel Maclise RA's cartoon of the Battle of Waterloo
To coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo we've created an interactive image of Maclise's 13-metre wide commemorative cartoon. Our curators and conservators reveal some of the stories, details and secrets hidden within the work.
Art Sales at the RA
Our brand new collection, Works on Paper by Sculptors, has just launched. This is your chance to purchase limited editions and unique works by Royal Academicians and significant contemporary artists.
Peter Randall-Page is elected as a Royal Academician
Peter Randall-Page has gained an international reputation through his sculpture, drawings and prints. His large-scale works have evolved around themes of nature and geometry.
Eileen Cooper RA on her secrets of drawing
Eileen Cooper RA’s figures exude a fluid spontaneity. Laura Gascoigne met the artist ahead of her show of drawings at the Academy.
Stories from the Past — Visions of the Future
The RA and its Buildings
In the Architecture Space until 20 September 2015
Marking the moment we embark on the most significant transformation of our home for nearly 150 years, this exhibition explores the past and future of the RA’s buildings.
Inside the Academy
Redeveloping the Royal Academy
For nearly 250 years, the RA has been a place to make, exhibit and debate art. For our anniversary in 2018 we are opening up the RA as never before, transforming our historic buildings – and inviting Friends and visitors old and new to celebrate with us.
Preview: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at the Serpentine
The imagined portraits by this RA Schools alumna and Turner Prize nominee are revelations from another world, says Kelly Grovier.
Conrad Shawcross RA
Conrad Shawcross RA has created a new site-specific installation for the RA Courtyard for the Summer Exhibition 2015, called 'The Dappled Light of the Sun'. The large-scale, immersive work consists of a group of five steel ‘clouds’, which inhabits the courtyard’s central space.
Joseph Cornell: Pioneer of assemblage art
Joseph Cornell created curious worlds of long ago and far away in his boxes of found objects. We examine the work of this American trailblazer ahead of his RA exhibition.
In the studio with Louisa Hutton
Behind redbrick walls in an old Berlin factory Fiona Maddocks finds architect Louisa Hutton RA in a calm and spacious haven.
Catching up with... Lucy Williams
As she launches her new book, Lucy Williams discusses her time at the RA Schools and tells us how her block colour, architectural collages bring a fresh perspective to urban landscapes.
Very rarely as an artist do you get that real ecstasy of painting – you are always chasing it.
Chantal Joffe RA
Five quick tips to improve your life-drawing
The RA Schools’ Head of Sculpture and Printmaking led a life-drawing masterclass as part of our first Friends Week. Here he shares five key pieces of advice.
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.
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
10 minutes with… Ann Christopher RA
Each month we catch up with a different Royal Academician. This month, Ann Christopher RA tells us about casting plaster figures, her love of Richard Serra’s work and her new sculpture in Uganda.
Jackson Pollock: pouring his art out
Leading abstract painter Frank Bowling RA welcomes a major show that reassesses Jackson Pollock’s black pourings.
Architecture is like writing. You have to edit it over and over so it looks effortless.
Zaha Hadid RA
Our pick of this week’s art events: 24 – 30 July
From the exuberant paintings of the late Albert Irvin RA to the Alice Anderson’s series of objects mummified entirely in copper thread, we guide you through the week’s top art events.
Become a Friend of the RA
Become a Friend of the RA today and enjoy a year of free entry to our exhibitions, including the Summer Exhibition, Joseph Cornell and Ai Weiwei. Friends can bring a family guest for free, enjoy all day access to the Keeper’s House and much more.
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.
The moment just before a work is finished, it’s finished. You want a bit of nervous twitching, a bit of tension, in the sculpture.
Richard Wilson RA
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.
Learn from experts and artists
Whether you’re a writer, sketcher, art enthusiast or architecture buff, discover our new range of courses and classes.
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.
Behind the scenes
A day in the life
Morgan Feely, Collections Manager for Works on Paper
As he prepares to open a new retrospective of the work of Eileen Cooper RA, we chat to Morgan Feely about his daily life at the 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...
Object of the month: July 2015
Michael Craig-Martin RA's 'Self-Portrait' (2007)
The artist’s printmaking combines boldly defined outline with vivid colouring, an approach which the artist also applies to his own self-image.
RAted at the RA Shop
Explore our showcase for emerging British design and artistic talent.
Artist of the month: July 2015
On the 100th anniversary of his death, we explore the work of one of the most important artists in the resurgence of the decorative arts in Britain.
Looking for an art-lover's gift?
Order bespoke art prints, canvases and framed reproductions from our Collection online.
Rose Wylie RA Elect
"In answer to the question, 'How do you know when a painting is finished?' You don't until you see it. Something just impels you to stop because it looks alright."
Architecture is a public art, and is never really finished. When a building is completed it’s the beginning of its life – a life which really only starts when people inhabit and breathe life into it. Buildings change, evolve and grow.
Alan Stanton RA
Inside the Academy
The RA Schools
A school of contemporary fine art, right at the heart of the RA.
Friends of the RA
RA Art Tours Worldwide
These expert-led small-group tours, created by travel specialists Cox & Kings, focus on the art, architecture and archaeology of some of the world’s most fascinating destinations.