Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
30 January — 20 April 2016
"A ravishing joy from start to finish." – The Guardian ★★★★★
Using the work of Monet as a starting point, this landmark exhibition examines the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s.
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Ai Weiwei 360
Ai Weiwei was the cultural phenomenon of the year. If you weren’t lucky enough to see the show, this is your chance to experience it online.
In the Age of Giorgione
12 March — 5 June 2016
Trace the development of ideas that changed the course of art in this highly original exploration of the Venetian Renaissance. Bringing together iconic paintings by masters such as Titian and Giorgione, we shed new light on a pivotal yet little-understood moment in the history of art.
Premiums: Interim Projects 2016
12 February — 21 February 2016
‘Premiums: Interim Projects’ features the work of artists at the midpoint of their studies at the RA Schools. This annual exhibition provides an opportunity to see up-to-the-minute work by emerging artists at a time when their practice is still developing. See what’s to come at this year’s exhibitions as the students prepare for the show.
The Monet guide to gardening
Love gardening? Here’s how to do it like your favourite Impressionist – from when to plant your favourite seeds, to top tips for caring for them.
In the studio with Rose Wylie RA
In Rose Wylie RA’s Kent studio, paint spatters are everywhere. Fiona Maddocks meets the artist whose star is shining late in life.
6 gardeners pick their favourite painters
Garden historian Tim Richardson explores the relationship between artists and garden-makers, and selects six of the world’s most celebrated garden designers to shed new light on the artists in Painting the Modern Garden.
My studio life: Ian Ritchie RA
Ian Ritchie RA shows us around the Canary Wharf offices of his architectural practice.
10 minutes with… Humphrey Ocean RA
The artist tells us why Van Gogh was his earliest inspiration, and why he still loves Josef Albers’ square paintings.
Thinking through drawing: Chris Wilkinson
Until 14 February 2016
Giving a unique insight into the mind of an architect, the RA presents the personal sketchbooks of Chris Wilkinson RA.
Wartime water lilies
How Monet created his garden at Giverny
Curator Ann Dumas sets the scene for our major exhibition of garden painters, revealing how Monet’s passion for plants pushed the boundaries of his art.
Valentine’s at the RA: From Model to Muse
Treat yourself or your loved one by spending a magical Valentine’s weekend with us at the Royal Academy. Guided by our expert art professionals, enjoy a specially designed, fun and informative drawing workshop; learn about the history of the Royal Academy and its Collection, and be inspired by stories of love and romance.
Lessons in life, love and art from Marina Abramovic
"Never fall in love with another artist," and, "You can't make good work if you're happy," are two things Marina Abramovic taught students of the RA Schools. Watch her in conversation with Bryan Appleyard.
Between the Land and the Sea: inside the show
Barbara Rae RA introduces our latest Art Sales range, currently on display in the Keepers’ House.
Listen to RA Podcasts
From short stories read by leading novelists to artists and experts in conversation, catch up on events at the RA with our podcasts.
Six of the best: artist-gardeners
In 2016, the Royal Academy explores the influence that gardens exerted on the evolution of art from the 1860s to the 1920s. Here we pick out six of the greatest artist-gardeners.
London Original Print Fair Annual Talk 2016 with Michael Craig-Martin RA
The London Original Print Fair is delighted to welcome Michael Craig-Martin RA for its annual talk at the Royal Academy. Highly acclaimed for his coordination of the RA’s Summer Exhibition last year, he is currently the subject of a major retrospective at the Serpentine Galleries. In this event, he will focus on his printmaking practice.
Painting their life: Diana Armfield and Bernard Dunstan
Royal Academician Diana Armfield tells us about a creative partnership that has stood the test of time.
Royal Academy Shop sale
Treat yourself and take advantage of great discounts on our fantastic range of products.
Artist, collector, benefactor: the legacy of Carel Weight RA
New spaces at the Academy in 2018 will showcase the RA’s superb art collection. Laura Gascoigne delves into the bequest of Carel Weight RA, an artist who donated outstanding works.
Artist of the month: February
Thomas Daniell RA
Thomas Daniell RA is best known for his images of the Indian subcontinent. More widely travelled than any of his colonial artist counterparts, he earned the nickname of “artist-adventurer”.
There is only one rule for aspiring artists. That is, only become one if you have absolutely no choice, if your drive is so strong that nothing else could be contemplated. If you think in terms of worldly success, forget it. The rewards are in the doing and in the breadth of art.
Tess Jaray RA
David Remfry RA on his portraits of people and dogs
There’s a personal story behind every relationship between a dog and its owner. These stories have long fascinated David Remfry RA, who has been painting his friends and New York neighbours with their pets for the past 10 years.
Grand masters: Hawksmoor vs Wren
From a contemporary perspective, does Nicholas Hawksmoor outshine his master, Christopher Wren? Owen Hopkins reassesses two geniuses of British Baroque architecture.
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
Object of the month: February
Basil Beattie RA's 'Never Before' (2001)
“My paintings are abstract to me.” Basil Beattie RA’s painting suggests a narrative of ascent, but leads nowhere.
Tell your tales
The RA continues its collaboration with Pin Drop for a special literature award, offering a unique platform for emerging and established writers to showcase their short stories. The winner will be announced in the summer and their story will be narrated by a special guest at an RA event.
Chantal Joffe RA delights in the photographs of Julia Margaret Cameron
As two new shows celebrate the 200th anniversary of Julia Margaret Cameron, painter Chantal Joffe RA explains why her photographs interest and inspire her.
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
Art Sales at the RA
For the new Art Sales range, Barbara Rae RA presents 'Between the Land and the Sea', works on paper by selected Royal Academicians, including Hughie O’Donoghue, Jock McFadyen, and Elizabeth Blackadder, alongside a number of invited Scottish artists.
From Monet to Hockney: 2016 at the Royal Academy
The Royal Academy’s Artistic Director Tim Marlow explains what’s in store in for the next year as we launch our 2016 exhibition programme.
History uncovered: Britain’s first arts organisation
A review of our Collection has turned up a vital historical document, the Royal charter of the Society of Artists. Get the inside story from our archivist Mark Pomeroy.
Don’t worry what other people say about your work. Be free. That’s what art is about.
Cornelia Parker RA
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Explore discoveries from the RA's Collections
We're on a quest to digitise 10,000 items from the Royal Academy of Arts' vast collections. Visit our Tumblr to discover drawings, sketches, prints, books, oddities and wonders, all revealed by RA staff and a team of volunteers.
Explore our Collection
The Royal Academy Collections include paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, historic books, (i.e. published before 1921), archives, historic photographs and plaster casts.
Very rarely as an artist do you get that real ecstasy of painting – you are always chasing it.
Chantal Joffe RA
From the archive
Damien Hirst in conversation with John Hoyland RA
This October, Damien Hirst has opened Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall with a show of paintings by the late John Hoyland RA. In this interview from 2009, Hoyland told Hirst about meeting Francis Bacon, and what it is to be a painter.
Become a Friend of the RA
Become a Friend of the RA today and enjoy a year of free entry to our exhibitions, including Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse. Friends can bring a family guest for free, enjoy all day access to the Keeper’s House and much more.
Join the club
The Academicians’ Room in the Keeper’s House began life in 1883, becoming the favourite haunt of the Academy’s artists as a private members club. The room has entered a new phase in its rich history, and has reopened with a fresh new look by the renowned Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. Members can expect artworks by Royal Academicians on display, an exceptional food menu and an exciting programme of events, including an artist-led Salon Series.
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 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
Learn from experts and artists
Whether you’re a writer, sketcher, art enthusiast or architecture buff, discover our new range of courses and classes.
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.
Inside the Academy
The RA Schools
A school of contemporary fine art, right at the heart of the RA.
Architecture is like writing. You have to edit it over and over so it looks effortless.
Zaha Hadid RA
Looking for an art-lover’s gift?
Order bespoke art prints, canvases and framed reproductions from our Collection online.
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.