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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Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
Sanctioning Day marks the formal completion of the arrangement of the Summer Exhibition. It is the day on which the exhibition is given the sanction of the Academy’s Summer Exhibition Committee.
Free. Gold and Platinum Patrons only.
Central London. Full directions on RSVP.
Kindly hosted by Lady Barbara Judge, this private breakfast invites Benjamin West Patrons to listen to expert insight and lively discussion from Phillips Auctioneers Deputy Chairman of Europe and Asia, Matt Carey-Williams.
Free. Benjamin West Patrons only.
Meeting point provided on RSVP
Following our exploration of East London last summer, Young Patrons will have the chance to visit our neighbours and spend the morning touring some of the most established galleries in Mayfair, as well as some younger galleries in Fitzrovia.
Free. Young Patrons only.
Main Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly
We invite RA Patrons to preview the Summer Exhibition 2017. Join us for a private curator-led tour, followed by a light breakfast.
Free. Patrons only.
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London
RA Patrons are invited to an early-morning private view of ‘Michelangelo & Sebastiano’ at the National Gallery.
Royal Academy Schools
RA Patrons are invited to a special preview of the Royal Academy Schools Show 2017, with private access to the show before the opening reception.
Patrons are invited to the formal opening of the Royal Academy Schools Show 2017.
Elephant and Castle. Full directions on RSVP.
Schools Patrons are invited to visit the studio of 2016 RA Schools graduate Rhys Coren. This exclusive studio tour will allow you to explore the studio and hear from the artist’s himself about his inspiration and current projects.
£10. Schools Patrons only.
Architecture room, Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
Join us in the Main Galleries for a private breakfast and curator-led tour of the Summer Exhibition, focusing on the architecture submissions.
£10. Patrons only.
RA Patrons are invited to spend a family-friendly morning in the Summer Exhibition before the galleries open to the public.
£100 per family, or in exchange for an opening reception. Patrons only.
Sackler Wing of Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
RA Patrons have the first opportunity to see this sumptuous exhibition, which offers a rare glimpse into the artist’s personal collection, as well as the paintings, sculptures and drawings it inspired.
Full directions on RSVP
Join us for a Patrons dining club in celebration of the opening of ‘Matisse in the Studio’
£75. Includes three-course dinner with wine. Patrons only.
We invite RA Patrons to celebrate the formal opening of ‘Matisse in the Studio’ in our Sackler Wing of Galleries.
RA Patrons are invited to a special breakfast preview and curator-led tour of our ‘Matisse in the Studio’ exhibition.