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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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Meet at the St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London, EC4Y
Join us for a special private tour of the St Bride Library, which is currently closed to the public, and a rare chance to view some of the highlights from this unique collection.
£23. Friends only.
Sir Hugh Casson Room, The Keeper’s House, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Join us for a special evening in celebration of the exhibition ‘Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture.’ A conversation with the curator and book signing will be followed by an in-depth tour of the installation.
£15 (includes signed book and welcome drink). Booking required, Friends only.
Meet at the Supreme Court, Parliament Square, Little George St, SW1P
Friends visit the Supreme Court, which started life as the Middlesex Guildhall in 1913, and is a skilful blend of contemporary construction techniques and unusual Gothic style.
£19. Friends only.
Meet at Great Gate entrance, Bodleian Library, Catte St, Oxford OX1
Friends tour the Bodleian Library (the main research library of the University of Oxford) and the Ashmolean Museum, which houses the University’s Art Collection and numerous other treasures.
£77 (including two course lunch with wine and coffee). Friends only.
Meet at house entrance, Pall Mall, SW1
Friends tour Marlborough House, a former Royal residence, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and his son and completed in 1711.
£21. Friends only.
Main Galleries and The Sackler Wing, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
We invite you join us for an evening view of ‘Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse’ and ‘Premiums: Interim Projects 2016’. This exclusive Friends event will also include live music until late.
Free, booking recommended. Friends only.
The Reynolds Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Please join us for a panel discussion with BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time. Friends are invited to attend this live audio recording, followed by a private view of the exhibition ‘Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse’.
£4.50. Booking required. Friends only.
Meet at Morley College main entrance, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1
Nick Rampley, Vice Principal of Morley College, leads our popular tour of the college’s exceptional art collection, which also includes a look at some fascinating artefacts from the College Library.
Meet outside Drapers’ Hall, Throgmorton Street, London, EC2N
Archivist Penny Fussell leads our special tour of Drapers’ Hall, which has some of the most sumptuous interiors of all the Livery Halls in London.
£27 (including coffee on arrival). Friends only.
Sir Hugh Casson Room, The Keeper’s House, Royal Academy of Arts
The East End Film Festival presents a series of eye opening films, designed to introduce exciting new cinematic work, and artists moving from installation to feature film work. Friends are invited to join a monthly film club at the Royal Academy of Arts where artists turned filmmakers screen and discuss their work.
£12 (including popcorn and a drink) per screening. Booking required, Friends only.
Jill George Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, off Charlotte Street, London W1T 4RJ
Chris Orr RA presents his latest drawings and prints at the Jill George Gallery in central London. Friends of the RA are invited to this special Private View, where Chris Orr RA will talk about his inspiration for his latest exhibition, ‘Vision of London’.
£12. Booking required, Friends only.
Friends are invited to join a monthly film club at the Royal Academy of Arts where artists turned filmmakers screen and discuss their work. This exciting series launches with Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard ‘Early Works’.
£12 (including popcorn and a drink) per screening. Friends only.
Meet on Piccadilly near the RA for coach
Join fellow Friends for a day out in Cookham, as we privately visit the John Lewis Heritage Centre for a talk on the company’s history and textile collection, followed by a private tour of the Stanley Spencer Gallery.
£87 (including coach, coffee, lunch, glass of wine, tea, cake). Friends only.
Meet outside Mornington Crescent tube station, 88 Eversholt Street, Kings Cross, NW1
In the late 19th century the area around Euston, known as Somers Town, was one of London’s worst slums. The area underwent a radical transformation in the 1930’s through the vision of Fr Basil Jellicoe and our tour explores this historic area before plans are implemented to transform it again.
Meet outside South Kensington tube station, (opposite Pret a Manger); SW7
This guided walk tells the story of Prince Albert’s vision for a cultural and educational enclave to be financed by the profits of the Great Exhibition of 1851.
The Sackler Wing, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
We invite Friends of the RA to join us for an exclusive Preview of ‘In the Age of Giorgione’ before it is open to the public. Admire iconic works from Masters of the Venetian Renaissance including Titian, Bellini and Giorgione.
Enjoy a guided walk around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, focusing on the architecture of the major sporting venues and a selection of the many artworks on the site, including the UK’s tallest sculpture, Anish Kapoor’s ‘Orbit’.
£60 (including coach, tea, cake). Friends only.
Join us in for an exclusive evening Private View of exhibitions ‘In the Age of Giorgione’ and ‘Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse’. Experience the gallery after-hours with live music and offers from our resident cocktail experts in the Keeper’s House.
Meet at the Lord’s Tavern, St John’s Wood Road, NW8
Friends tour Lord’s cricket ground with curator Adam Chadwick, who introduces us to the club’s fascinating collection of cricket-related paintings, including portraits of some of the game’s best-known figures, past and present.
£32 (including coffee at the Lord’s Tavern on arrival). Friends only.
Meet outside Holland Park tube station, W11
From the ruins of Holland House to a traditional Japanese garden, Holland Park is a fascinating and underexplored London park.
Friends are invited to join a monthly film club at the Royal Academy of Arts where artists turned filmmakers screen and discuss their work. Here, we welcome Hulse to present his latest film, ‘Dummy Jim’, and a selection of short films.
£12 (including popcorn and a drink). Booking required, Friends only.
Friends are invited to join a monthly film club at the Royal Academy of Arts where artists turned filmmakers screen and discuss their work. Here, Kotting presents his latest film ‘By Our Selves’, starring lauded British actor Toby Jones.
£12 (including popcorn and a drink). Booking required,Friends only.
Friends are invited to join a monthly film club at the Royal Academy of Arts where artists turned filmmakers screen and discuss their work. We welcome Gillian Wearing RA to present ‘Self Made’, ‘Reflections’ and other short work, and to discuss her relationship with cinema.