In the Age of Giorgione
12 March — 5 June 2016
In this highly original exploration of the Venetian Renaissance, works by masters such as Titian and Giorgione shed new light on a pivotal yet little-understood moment in the history of art.
‘RA Family Album’ wraps Burlington Gardens
A new artwork by Yinka Shonibare RA wrapping the RA's Burlington Gardens building brings together over 160 images that span the Royal Academy’s 248-year history. The juxtaposition of images reveals the rich tapestry of activity which takes place behind these walls.
Summer Exhibition 2016
13 June — 21 August
Now in its 248th year, the Summer Exhibition presents new and recent art created by everyone from emerging artists to the biggest names in contemporary art and architecture. This year’s co-ordinator is Richard Wilson RA, who will be exploring the theme of artistic duos.
Ann Christopher RA: The Lines of Time
Until 29 May 2016
This exhibition presents a new series of drawings by the award-winning abstract sculptor Ann Christopher RA.
Seeing double: artist duos in the Summer Exhibition
Artist duos are challenging the concept of individual authorship. Now they are celebrated at this year’s Summer Exhibition. From Jane & Louise Wilson to Jake & Dinos Chapman, we talk to four pairs and ask them how they collaborate.
Inside the Academy
Architect Leonard Manasseh on his 100th birthday
As Leonard Manasseh becomes our first centenarian Royal Academician, his cousin, the architectural historian Timothy Brittain-Catlin, takes a look at a career of over 80 years.
Bill Jacklin RA on New York, his home for two decades
No one captures New York quite like Bill Jacklin RA, who moved to the Big Apple in the 1980s and never looked back. Nancy Campbell caught up with him ahead of his show of prints and drawings at the RA.
Our pick of this week’s art events: 23 May – 2 June
From captivating live shows at London’s first performance art festival to Yayoi Kusama’s glossy oversized pumpkin sculptures, we guide you through the best of this week’s art events and exhibitions.
Great expectations: students of the RA Schools prepare for their final show
The stage is set and the pressure is on as third-year students from the RA Schools prepare work for their final show, which opens to the public this summer in the studios of the RA. Jonathan P. Watts goes behind the scenes to meet the artists at this critical point.
Summer Exhibition Preview Party
Tuesday 7 June
Be the first to view and buy works at the Summer Exhibition. With Champagne and canapés, the Summer Exhibition Preview Party is the highlight of London’s social calendar. Originally set up in 1768, the Summer Exhibition is to raise funds to support the RA Schools. Continue this tradition with us.
Watch these spaces: the future of art schools
As Britain’s art schools experience an era of radical change, what do students stand to gain and lose? Anna Coatman explores the past, present and future of art education.
Royal Academicians reflect on the new Tate extension
As Tate puts the finishing touches to its monumental new extension, architect Eric Parry RA considers its aesthetic and cultural impact, while painters Gillian Ayres RA and Timothy Hyman RA preview accompanying retrospective shows of Khakhar and O’Keeffe.
Academicians in Focus
Ken Howard's Switzerland
28 April – 23 October
Inspired by Turner, Ken Howard RA’s en plein air paintings of Switzerland reveal the landscape in a new light.
Sex, death and sculpture: Cathie Pilkington’s Top Shelf
The Royal Academician talks about the “Baccahanalian excess” of her sculptural installation Top Shelf, currently on display above the bar in the Academicians’ Room at the RA.
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
Object of the month: May 2016
Gérard Edelinck's 1660 engraving, The Battle of Anghiari
Each month, we showcase an object from the RA Collection. May's offering is an engraving by Gérard Edelinck – the only remaining depiction of a lost mural by Leonardo Da Vinci.
In the studio with Yinka Shonibare RA
As Yinka Shonibare RA prepares to wrap the Academy’s Burlington Gardens façade in his bold designs, Fiona Maddocks visits the sculptor at his warehouse studio in east London.
Why TV-am was Britain’s most maverick building
Home to ITV’s famous breakfast show, Terry Farrell’s postmodern studio was a burst of energy that shifted views of what architecture could be, says the artist and designer, Adam Nathaniel Furman.
Art Sales at the RA
Celebrating the developments within contemporary printmaking practice including etchings, monoprints, lithographs, woodblocks, silkscreens and three-dimensional digital prints, The Edge of Printing is the fourth in a series of exhibitions presenting limited editions and unique works for sale, online and onsite, by Royal Academicians and other significant contemporary artists.
Very rarely as an artist do you get that real ecstasy of painting – you are always chasing it.
Chantal Joffe RA
New rules and new tools
Life at the RA Schools
At the RA Schools, post-graduate students have three years to develop their ideas and work. Here second-year students reveal how the course is changing their art.
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.
Artist of the month: May 2016
Augustus Egg, RA (1816–1863)
Each month, we showcase an artist from the RA Collection. To celebrate 200 years since his birth, we take a look at the life and work of Augustus Leopold Egg. A talented painter and generous mentor, Egg was known for his atmospheric treatment of literary and historical subjects.
Thought of Train of Thought
Terrace Wires: Ron Arad RA
Celebrated sculptor Ron Arad RA will unveil a monumental steel installation in St Pancras International station, which will open to the public on 7 July. It is the second public artwork in a four-year partnership between the RA and St Pancras International.
How to read a Renaissance painting
Renaissance painters combined technical innovation with a richly symbolic visual language. But what did it all mean? The RA’s Lucy Chiswell zooms in on an example from our exhibition In the Age of Giorgione.
Don’t worry what other people say about your work. Be free. That’s what art is about.
Cornelia Parker RA
William Heath Robinson’s Life of Line
8 March — 3 June 2016
William Heath Robinson was an illustrator of enormous range and charm. The RA Library Print Room is presents his evocative book illustrations that reveal his mastery of black and white line.
Going for gold: Venice in the 16th century
The first decade of the 16th century saw Venice become a creative cauldron, as a glittering array of painters put the city on the cusp of an artistic golden age. Sarah Dunant celebrates some of the most influential figures.
Courtyard Cinema 2016
This year's screenings include Taxi Driver, Some Like It Hot, Mulholland Drive and Breakfast at Tiffany's.
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
See it online
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.
The masters of Renaissance Venice: Bellini, Giorgione, Titian
With In the Age of Giorgione in our galleries, curator Per Rumberg heads to Venice to track down its elusive masters in the golden age of painting.
The enigma of Giorgione
Giorgione left few clues to his life, yet he was at the heart of a creative explosion in 16th-century Venetian painting that changed the course of European art. Ali Smith brings to life the fusion of originality and poetry in his work.
Architecture is like writing. You have to edit it over and over so it looks effortless.
Zaha Hadid RA
Meet the mavericks of British architecture
From championing ground-breaking styles of architecture to famously abandoning commissions before completion, these British architects broke the mould. Meet the mavericks, as our new architecture display goes on show.
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.
The portrait debate: Giorgione or Titian?
Who painted this young Venetian nobleman? When it comes to Giorgione, questions of attribution have divided opinion for centuries. We invited two experts to argue it out – read both sides then cast your vote.
Shop the exclusive Bob and Roberta Smith RA range
Designed in collaboration with Bob and Roberta Smith RA, this exclusive range for the RA Shop includes a sketchpad, pencil case and canvas brush roll, showcasing the artist's distinctive designs.
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
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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.
10 inspirational women in the arts
To mark International Women’s Day, we asked some of the great women in the UK art world, from artists to editors, where things stand when it comes to equality. Here’s what they said.
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
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.
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.
Become a Friend of the RA
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.
Learn from experts and artists
Our new programme of short courses and classes offers the opportunity to explore subjects ranging from life drawing to the history of portraiture, led by expert tutors and practising artists.
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.
Looking for an art-lover’s gift?
Order bespoke art prints, canvases and framed reproductions from our Collection online.
My studio life: Eileen Cooper RA
As Eileen Cooper RA guides us round both her studios, she tells us about her career in printmaking, and why she loves drawing in charcoal.
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.
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.