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.
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.
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.
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.
Burlington Gardens Festival – 4 July
This Saturday, join us for a free festival of art, creativity, food and drink as the RA's artists take to the streets of Mayfair.
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.
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.
Rebecca Salter RA explains the tradition of 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.
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.
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.
Don’t worry what other people say about your work. Be free. That’s what art is about.
Cornelia Parker RA
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.
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.
Joseph Cornell and the Mind of Creativity
Friday 3 July 2015
Cornell scholar Lynda Roscoe Hartigan explores what recent studies in creativity and cognition have contributed to understanding his distinctive constructions, collages and films.
Paul Klee talked about taking a line for a walk. Well, sometimes it takes you for a walk. I’m always surprised.
Bryan Kneale RA
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.
Very rarely as an artist do you get that real ecstasy of painting – you are always chasing it.
Chantal Joffe RA
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.
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… Timothy Hyman RA
As he prepares to exhibit new work, we chat to Timothy Hyman RA about his love of Sienese frescoes and learning to paint with gouache as a child.
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: 26 June – 2 July
From Jackson Pollock’s pivotal series of black pourings to the monumental sculptures of Phyllida Barlow RA, 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: June 2015
Camille Pissarro's ‘Paysannes Assises’, 1885
As he observed the daily life of farming peasants, Pisarro illustrated his belief in an idyllic rural community balancing work with leisure.
RAted at the RA Shop
Explore our showcase for emerging British design and artistic talent.
Artist of the month: June 2015
Alfred Elmore RA PRA
This year marks the 200th anniversary of Alfred Elmore RA’s birth, an artist who continually explored theatrical and historical scenes.
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.