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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John Constable RA
Richard Rogers RA
Sandra Blow RA
Wolfgang Tillmans RA
Cornelia Parker RA
Grayson Perry RA
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Meet at The Monument, Fish St Hill, EC3R
2016 marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, and our walking tour traces its fiery destruction as it burned for four days and four nights, destroying 80% of medieval London.
£28. Booking required, Friends only.
Meet at 27 St James's Place, SW1
Friends privately tour Spencer House, built between 1756-1766 for John, first Earl Spencer, an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales. It is one of London’s finest surviving eighteenth-century town houses.
£26. Booking required, Friends only.
Meet on Piccadilly near the RA for coach
We are delighted to offer two special tours in Cambridge, especially devised for RA Friends.
£120 (including executive coach, coffee, lunch). Booking required, Friends only.
Meet at The White Company, 4 Symons Street, London
Chrissie Rucker MBE, founder of The White Company, hosts an exclusive Friends of the RA event at the Symons Street flagship store this Autumn.
Free, booking required. Friends only.
Meet at city information centre opposite St. Paul’s Cathedral, (directions with ticket)
Join guide Karen Chester on a walk that delves deep into the features of the City: plaques, signs and statues, heraldry and hagiography.
£27 (including tea break with biscuits). Booking required, Friends only.
Meet at 9 Fitzmaurice Place, W1
Join curator and art historian Pamela Campbell-Johnston as she gives Friends an illustrated talk about the history of Lansdowne House from its Robert Adam creation in 1763, through to Art Deco additions in the 1930s, ending with the ongoing 21st century refurbishment programme.
£30 (including coffee). Booking required, Friends only.
Meet at Two Temple Place, off Embankment, WC2R
Friends tour Two Temple Place, an extraordinary late Victorian mansion, commissioned by William Waldorf Astor and designed by neo-Gothic architect John Loughborough Pearson.
£22. Booking required, Friends only.
Meet at The Trafalgar Room, off the National Gallery’s café
Join us for a very special behind-the-scenes tour at the National Gallery with Head of Art Handling Patrick O’Sullivan.
£55 (including coffee/biscuits on arrival). Booking required, Friends only.
Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
We invite Friends of the RA to join us for an exclusive preview of ‘Abstract Expressionism’ before it is open to the public. Abstract Expressionism will forever be associated with the energy and vibrancy of 1950s New York. Artists like Pollock, Rothko and de Kooning injected a new sense of confidence in painting, experimenting with improvisation, spontaneity and colour.
Free, booking recommended. Friends only.
Meet at museum, 399 High St, Brentford, TW8
Friends enjoy a private tour of the delightfully quirky Musical Museum with its curator, including demonstrations of some of the rarer instruments, followed by a private concert of organ music from the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
£27 (including tea and cake). Booking required, Friends only.
The Sackler Wing and Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
We invite you to join us for an evening Private View of ‘Abstract Expressionism’ and ‘David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life’. This exclusive Friends event will also include live music until late.
Free, booking essential. Friends only.
Sir Hugh Casson Room, The Keeper’s House, Royal Academy of Arts
Friends are invited to join us for the East End Film Festival’s second season at the Royal Academy, with the theme of artists and adversity. This film by Zachary Heinzerling poses poverty against creativity, and examines the reality of producing art as a living.
£12 (including popcorn and a drink). Booking required, Friends only.
Meet at Palace, Lambeth Palace Rd, SE1 (opposite Lambeth Bridge)
Friends privately tour Lambeth Palace, the London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, with its 13th-century vaulted crypt and Tudor gatehouse.
£29 (including tea). Booking required, Friends only.
Taking inspiration from the Abstract Expressionist movement, Friends are invited to step into the energy and vibrancy of 1950s New York at this themed Private View. Enjoy Harlem-style jazz, pop-up talks about the exhibiton, classic Champagne cocktails and culinary treats inspired by the Big Apple
£25 (includes a Champagne cocktail). Booking required, Friends only.
Directions with ticket. Please make independent travel arrangements to Rochester.
Friends enjoy a guided tour of Rochester Cathedral, exploring the interiors and Norman, Gothic and Early-English Perpendicular architecture, followed by a guided tour of the beautiful Restoration House.
£73 (including coffee, lunch, gls wine, tea). Booking required, Friends only.
Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders
Join us on our all-inclusive five day tour of Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders, which has been especially curated for the Friends of the Royal Academy.
Contact us for further information.
Did you know that the shape of a glass can change the taste of beer? Friends of the RA are invited to join a masterclass from Spiegelau, where you will taste quality beers in specially crafted glasses. At the end of the masterclass, you can keep your glass set to continue your enjoyment at home.
£30 (including Spiegelau glass set). Booking required, Friends only.
Join us for a special film screening in collaboration with the East End Film Festival. Artist Jean-Marc Calvet will be joining us from Nicaragua to give further insight to the film that charts his extraordinary story of redemption as he embarks on a journey to make peace with his past.
Friends are invited to join us for the East End Film Festival’s second season at the Royal Academy, with the theme of artists and adversity. Here, Anne Wivel explores the challenges faced by an artist whose illness renders him unable to work.
Royal Academy of Arts
We invite Friends of the RA to join us for an exclusive preview of Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932
before it is open to the public. One hundred years on from the Russian Revolution, this
powerful exhibition explores one of the most momentous periods in modern world
history through the lens of its groundbreaking art.