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“While our front doors will close, we plan to stay open to you”

Published 17 March 2020

A message from President of the Royal Academy, Rebecca Salter, and our Secretary and Chief Executive, Axel Rüger, as we temporarily close the Royal Academy of Arts until further notice.

  • We have taken the very difficult decision to close the Royal Academy from 17 March 2020 until further notice.

    Like our peer organisations, our aim is to ensure the health and wellbeing of our Friends, visitors and staff — as well as the general public — during this unprecedented time.

    While our front doors will close, we plan to stay open in other ways. The RA has been a voice for art and artists for more than 250 years, and in the coming weeks we’ll draw on this deep well of experience as we continue to share video tours, interviews and exhibition highlights; revisit popular events; encourage you to get your paint and pencils out; and offer creative inspiration for your new ways of working and connecting.

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    Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to welcoming you back to the RA as soon as possible. In the meantime, we wish you the very best.

    Rebecca Salter, President of the Royal Academy

    Axel Rüger, Secretary and Chief Executive

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