Royal Society of Arts (London)

RA Collection: People and Organisations

Founded in 1754 by William Shipley. The founding aim of the society was "to embolden enterprise, enlarge science, refine arts, improve our manufactures and extend our commerce". Members of the Society are called Fellows and are from a diverse background, but share a commitment to civic innovation and social progress.

The aims of the Society are promoted through the award of premiums. Notable contributions to society have been achieved through the successful conclusion of various premium competitions. The Society has also sought to improve civic culture through exhibitions and was host to the first public art exhibition in the United Kingdom in 1760. In more recent decades the Society has focused on organised campaigns as a means of promoting its civic agenda.

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