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.
The Converse x Dazed Emerging Artists Award 2015
Until 17 May 2015
A celebration of exciting new talent in the art world, the Converse x Dazed Emerging Artists Award is one of the most prestigious competitions for UK artists at the start of their career. In 2015, we play host to work by the winners in our Burlington Gardens galleries for the very first time.
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.
Michael Craig-Martin RA: advice for an aspiring artist
In an extract from his new book, the Royal Academician who nurtured talents including Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst offers his insights into how to get on in art and the art world.
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.
Hanging in the corridors of power: when art and politics collide
With Britain’s General Election looming, Tom Jeffreys takes a look at the relationship between art and power – in government art collections and on the campaign trail.
Fiona Rae RA: “I’ve always had an experimental approach to painting”
The Royal Academician explains how turning away from colour has had an invigorating effect on her work.
Richard Diebenkorn: inside the show
Take a look inside our Richard Diebenkorn exhibition in these short videos presented by the exhibition’s curators.
The month in architecture: April 2015
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.
Three ways art could change Britain
Visual art can shape approaches across public policy. Here are three unlikely areas where art and artists can make a difference.
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.
Our pick of this week’s art events: 1 – 7 May
From Fiona Tan’s representational films at Frith Street Gallery to Idris Khan’s abstract paintings and drawings at Victoria Miro, here are the week’s top art events.
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.
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.
10 minutes with… Michael Landy RA
Each month, we have a quick chat with one of our Academicians to find out what they’re up to and what the RA means to them.
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...
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
Become a Friend of the RA
Become a Friend of the RA today and enjoy a year of free entry to our exhibitions, including Diebenkorn, 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.
From the archive
“Striving after excellence”
Victorian women and the fight for arts training
Learn how 19th-century women aspiring to be artists had an uphill struggle to get equal access to the Royal Academy Schools
Object of the month: May 2015
JMW Turner's fishing rod
The riverbank scenes of Turner’s paintings hint at his own interest in angling. Here we take a look at his own fishing rod, preserved in the RA Collection.
Learn from experts and artists
Whether you’re a writer, sketcher, art enthusiast or architecture buff, discover our new range of courses and classes.
RAted at the RA Shop
Explore our showcase for emerging British design and artistic talent.
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
Artist of the month: May 2015
Frederic Leighton PRA
We take a look at the first professional artist to be ennobled. With his Continental training, Lord Leighton had a mixed reception in Britain – but ended his career as President of the RA.
Painting on the threshold
Ian McKeever RA on Diebenkorn and abstraction
As the Academy celebrates the American master, painter Ian McKeever RA explores Richard Diebenkorn’s profound inquiry into the nature of abstraction.
On the Reynolds trail in the RA archive
On the eve of a major exhibition London dedicated to Sir Joshua Reynolds, we delve into the RA’s archive to learn more about the Academy’s founding president.
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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.
Tacita Dean RA
"Everything comes to me by chance. It’s very important for me not to know where I’m going."