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From its foundation in 1768 the Royal Academy of Arts has provided a voice for art and artists. We are an independent charity led by eminent artists and architects—the Royal Academicians—and we pursue our mission through exhibitions, education and debate.
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Friends privately tour Charleston, the rural meeting place of the Bloomsbury Group, and visit Berwick Church.
£76. Friends only.
Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Discover the art, architecture and history of the Royal Academy in these free one-hour tours that include the historic John Madejski Fine Rooms.
Free, no booking required
Friends of the RA can enjoy exclusive access to the galleries in this early morning opening of ‘Rubens and His Legacy’.
Free, no booking required. Friends only.
The Sackler Wing, Burlington House
Friends of the RA can enjoy exclusive access to the galleries in this early morning opening of Richard Diebenkorn.
Holland Park Rd, W14
During this exclusive evening event, Friends can enjoy a private guided tour of Leighton House, the home and studio of Frederic, Lord Leighton PRA. Friends can learn about the life and work of Lord Leighton, the house’s painstaking restoration, and also enjoy a glass of wine.
£26. Friends only.
This walking tour reveals the surprising story of Broadgate, from its Roman history, through its superb development and to its role today, providing a space of peace in the heart of the city.
£24. Friends only.
Coleman St, London
Friends enjoy a tour of Armourers’ and Brasier’s Hall, which has occupied its City of London site since 1346.
£25. Friends only.
Pall Mall, SW1
By huge demand, Friends return to the Royal Automobile Club for a very rare tour.
£27. Friends only.
Laurence Pountney Hill, EC4
Join us for an exclusive private tour of the Prudential Corporation’s art collection with curator, Tom Tempest-Radford.
£30. Friends only.
By very special arrangement, while Parliament is dissolved before the general election, we are delighted to offer a private guided tour of the House of Commons’ contemporary portrait collection displayed in Portcullis House.
£55. Friends only.
Gower Street, WC1
Our special tour of RADA, led by current students, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Academy’s current site, as well an opportunity to find out more about the Academy’s history.
£23. Friends only.
Friends tour the Royal Opera House, an iconic building in the heart of London’s theatre district.
Museum Way, Acton
The LTM is home to over 7,000 items and our behind-the-scenes tour of part of the collection is a fascinating journey through a century of art and design.
£22. Friends only.
On this private visit, Friends learn about Horace Walpole’s Gothic masterpiece Strawberry Hill and its meticulous two year-long restoration.
£73. Friends only.
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, SW10
Friends have the opportunity to tour Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s extraordinary art collection, which includes pieces by Allen Jones RA, Julien Opie, and Veronese’s “Resurrection of Christ” which hangs in the hospital chapel.
£22 (incl. charity donation). Friends only.
Reynolds Room, Burlington House
Hear from our Secretary and Chief Executive, Charles Saumarez Smith and Director of Artistic Programmes, Tim Marlow as they reveal their exciting plans for our future.
Free, booking required. Friends Only.
Learn about where it all began back in 1768 from our archivist Mark Pomeroy as he regales you with tales of our founders and the eclectic cast of characters who helped shape the Royal Academy.
RA Library, Burlington House
Allow our archivist and librarian to guide you through our collection of books and other fascinating objects from our history, before unwinding with a glass of wine in the Keeper’s House.
£28 (incl. glass of wine), booking required. Friends only.
Meet at the Friends Desk in the Keeper's House
The Burlington Project is our biggest expansion in more than 150 years. Join Burlington Appeal Manager, Joseph Green for a tour of the site and hear all about how we’ll be celebrating our 250th anniversary in 2018.
Free, booking required. Friends only.
Keeper's House, Burlington House
Come along for an informal conversation between Royal Academician Jock McFadyen and Exhibition Manager Paul Sirr as Jock shares what it’s like to be on hanging committee for the first time.
Hear from printmaker Chris Orr RA about printmaking and get his top tips on how to be a clever collector.
See a part of the RA usually hidden behind closed doors – Britain’s oldest fine art school. Head of Material Processes Mark Hampson will take you on a fascinating tour and reveal this hub of artistic activity.
£15, booking required. Friends only.
Nick Tite, Head of RA Publishing, appears in conversation with Royal Academician Tess Jaray as they discuss her new book “The Blue Cupboard” in the Academicians’ Room.
£5, booking required. Friends only.
The Sackler Wing of Galleries
Revered as one of the great post-war masters, Richard Diebenkorn is an artist whose staunchly independent career took him from abstraction to figuration and back again. Learn more about his life and work with curator Edith Devaney.
£22 (includes breakfast), booking required. Friends only.
Develop your drawing skills through a two hour life drawing session with Mark Hampson, Head of Material Processes in the RA Schools. Price includes materials and refreshments.
£50. Friends only, booking required.
Meet in courtyard outside Burlington House
Our walking tour with Owen Hopkins (RA Architecture Programme Manager) examines the various buildings – both old and new – that have come to define St James’s as one of London’s most distinctive areas.
£20. Friends only
Meet the Keeper of the Royal Academy, Eileen Cooper RA, and join her on an intimate tour of the Academy, including her private studio and the Keeper’s House.
Last year we launched, ‘Art Sales’, a fantastic new way for you to buy contemporary art online. This private view is a chance to see highlights from Art Sales in our biannual selling show held in the Keeper’s House.
£15. Friends only.
Learn how to make a print with an RA Schools Fellow in the RA
Schools. Price includes materials and refreshments.
£75, booking required. Friends only.
You may have noticed our much-loved security guards all wear red collars, and they have been since the 1790s. Now known affectionately as ‘the red collars’, they are experts in all things RA. Join Chief Red Collar Mick O’Halloran for coffee in the Keeper’s House and find out all our juiciest secrets!
£75. Friends only.
Chat informally to one of our newest Academicians, Bob and Roberta Smith in the Keeper’s House and get his take on art, politics and his own work.
Friends of the RA can enjoy exclusive access to the galleries in this late night opening of ‘Richard Diebenkorn’.
Fine Rooms, Royal Academy of Arts
Experience the splendour of the Fine Rooms accompanied by one of our own, Norman Ackroyd RA – known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the RA and our history.
Ever wondered how an art exhibition is installed? With over 30 years of experience and stories of the RA, Dan Cowap tells all in the Belle Shenkman Room, in the Keeper’s House.
Friends enjoy a private tour of this exceptional Jacobean House and its gardens.
£85. Friends only.
Opening especially for Friends, we visit the former home of art collector Stanley Picker (1913–1982) to explore the paintings, sculptures and objects he gathered throughout his lifetime.
Fenchurch St, EC3
Insurance company Aspen’s art collection has been consciously moulded to reflect the social and economic interests of each of its worldwide locations. Friends can enjoy an after-hours visit and glass of wine at the London office.
£28. Friends only.
Gutter Lane, EC2
During this visit to Saddlers’ Hall Friends will enjoy a talk on the history of livery halls, a tour of the rebuilt hall with the Beadle, and a rare viewing of the company’s treasures with the Silver Steward.
Established in 1570 and still in operation, the Whitechapel Bell Foundry is Britain’s oldest manufacturing company, famous for the design and manufacture of the Liberty Bell in 1752 and Big Ben in 1858.
Garrick Street, WC2
Founded in 1831, the Garrick Club houses the largest and most significant collection of British theatrical works of art, with over 1000 paintings, drawings and sculptures, including works by Zoffany, Lawrence and Millais.
£37. Friends only.
Rodmarton Manor is the supreme example of a house and all its furniture truly crafted according to the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement.
£78. Friends only.
Friends visit Compton Verney’s exhibition “The Arts and Crafts House: Then and Now”, and privately tour Broughton Castle.
£86. Friends only.