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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Full details of the location will be provided on RSVP.
Catherine Petitgas opens her home for RA Patrons to discover her art collection that challenges the traditional boundaries of art, spanning a wide range of media from the early 20th century until today. The Petitgas’ Collection features predominately Latin American art, with works by Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Clark, Carmen Herrera, Beatriz Milhazes and Gabriel Orozco.
Free, but please RSVP. Patrons only.
As Frieze Week approaches, RA Patrons will be given an exclusive first-look insight into some of the approaching auction sales.
Regent's Park, London
This year’s fair brings together more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries, alongside the fair’s celebrated non-profit programme of ambitious new artist commissions and talks.
More details will be available in September
Gold and Platinum Patrons have the opportunity to attend an exclusive tour of Frieze Masters with the Royal Academy’s Secretary and Chief Executive, Charles Saumarez Smith.
Young Patrons are invited to visit the home and collection of Ruthie and Richard Rogers RA. The house, designed by Richard, is a conversion of two townhouses into one, providing generous light and space.
East London, Full address provided on RSVP
RA Patrons are invited to join us in the East London studios of Eva Rothschild RA to witness the process of creating sculpture that appears to defy gravity.
The Leadenhall Building, 122 Leadenhall Street, London EC3V 4AB
RA Patrons are invited to a private visit and tour of the new headquarters of Rogers Stirk & Harbour Partners with Lord Richard Rogers RA.
Mayfair, Full address provided on RSVP
Creative Director Catherine Lock will offer Patrons an exclusive preview of new work the studio will be showcasing at Design Miami in November 2016.
National Portrait Gallery, London
Benjamin West Patrons will have private access to preview this seminal exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery which will explore the astonishing variety and innovation of this genre of painting.
Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
We invite RA Patrons to a family friendly morning of Abstract Expressionism, exploring the energy and vibrancy forever associated with the movement through an educational tour of the exhibition, followed by an experimental and expressive workshop for all ages.
£100 per family, payment on RSVP. Patrons only.
RA Library, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Schools Patrons have the chance to join Marisa in conversation in the RA Library, sharing stories, images and works that make up her extraordinary project.
Hackney, East London
Young Patrons will visit the studio of Caragh Thuring (b. Brussels, 1972) ahead of her upcoming exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery this autumn.
The Sackler Wing, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
RA Patrons are invited to join us for an evening preview of ‘Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans’. This exhibition will present a truly original body of work, seen through the eyes of one of today’s leading painters. Taking a personal view, Tuymans will look back at Ensor’s singular career through a selection of his most bizarrely brilliant and gloriously surreal creations.
We invite RA Patrons to celebrate the formal opening of the fascinating exhibition ‘Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans’. This exhibition will present a truly original body of work, seen through the eyes of one of today’s leading painters. Taking a personal view, Tuymans will look back at Ensor’s singular career through a selection of his most bizarrely brilliant and gloriously surreal creations.
Location to be confirmed
Join us for Patrons Dining club to celebrate the intriguing works of James Ensor at a venue in the West End. Continue the conversation with fellow art lovers discussing a truly original body of work, seen through the eyes of one of today’s leading painters, Luc Tuymans.
£70 (includes a three-course dinner with wine). Patrons only.
We invite RA Patrons to join us for a private morning tour of the fascinating exhibition ‘Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans’. This exhibition will present a truly original body of work, seen through the eyes of one of today’s leading painters. Taking a personal view, Tuymans will look back at Ensor’s singular career through a selection of his most bizarrely brilliant and gloriously surreal creations.
Boston and Chicago
Abstract Expressionism is rooted in the American art scene of the 1940s and 1950s. In the autumn of 2016, for the first time since 1959, the RA’s Main Galleries will host some of the finest works associated
with the movement from around the world.
Price to be confirmed. Patrons only.
Young Patrons and Contemporary Circle Patrons join forces for this unique occasion: a first-look private tour of Matt Ager’s exhibition at Studio Leigh, followed by dinner with the artist in the gallery.
£50 per person, includes three-course dinner.
Royal Academy of Arts
The Annual Benjamin West Dinner is the most glamorous social occasion of the Royal Academy’s winter calendar. Save the date for an unforgettable evening of fine dining, music and a private tour of ‘Abstract Expressionism’.
Invitation to follow in early September. Patrons only.
Royal Academy Schools
Located behind our Main Galleries on Piccadilly, the RA Schools has some of the finest studios in Europe.
6 Burlington Gardens
For nearly 250 years, the RA has been a place to make, exhibit and debate art. For our anniversary in 2018 we are opening up the RA as never before, transforming our historic buildings. Patrons are invited to visit the beginnings of this transformation: a state of the art lecture theatre, a dedicated learning space and the link that will connect Burlington Gardens to Piccadilly.
Eileen Cooper RA, Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools, has great pleasure in inviting Schools Patrons to The Keeper’s Dinner to celebrate the arrival of the first year students.
£175 for an individual ticket. Patrons only.
Gold and Platinum Patrons are invited for a buffet dinner with Tuymans and Herwig Todts, Curator from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp. We will be speaking to the artist about the selecting process, curating the exhibition and the works that inspired him most.
£50 suggested contribution, payment on RSVP. Patrons only.
Please join us for a Christmas Private View of ‘Abstract Expressionism’ and reception to celebrate the success of the RA in 2016.