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 Other Garden Party
Saturday 13 June 2015
Explore the Summer Exhibition after hours, descend into our Victorian vaults to discover our fantastical Wonderland Ball or join our Garden Party games as we fuse this English summertime ritual with the fantastical world of Alice in Wonderland.
Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust
4 July — 27 September 2015
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.
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.
Richard Diebenkorn: inside the show
Take a look inside our Richard Diebenkorn exhibition in these short videos presented by the exhibition’s curators.
RA Schools Show 2015
12 — 28 June 2015
The RA Schools Show is the annual exhibition of works by final year students at the historic Royal Academy Schools, the first art school in Britain.
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.
Eileen Cooper RA on her secrets of drawing
Eileen Cooper RA’s figures exude a fluid spontaneity. Laura Gascoigne meets the artist, ahead of her show of drawings at the Academy.
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.
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.
Courtyard sculpture: Conrad Shawcross RA
Conrad Shawcross RA is creating 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 will consist of a group of five steel ‘clouds’, which will inhabit 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.
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.
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
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.
Eileen Cooper exhibition tour
‘Hide and Seek’ Explained
Monday 15 June
Join printmaker and painter Eileen Cooper RA for a guided tour of her exhibition ‘Hide and Seek’, and a unique opportunity to discuss her richly diverse practice in an intimate setting over coffee.
Our pick of this week’s art events: 29 May – 4 June
From Ryoji Ikeda’s immersive installation at Brewer Street Car Park to the design icons from the Arts and Crafts Movement, we take you through our top shows this week.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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...
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: 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.
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.
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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."