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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Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Mayfair, London
We are delighted to offer Contemporary Circle Patrons the opportunity to visit Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac London during its opening week.
£10. Contemporary Circle Patrons only.
Gold and Platinum Patrons are invited to a special evening in the studio of Grayson Perry RA. We will hear directly from the artist ahead of his solo exhibition ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’ at the Serpentine Galleries this summer.
£75. Gold and Platinum Patrons only.
Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8
Benjamin West Patrons are invited to view the Historic Royal Palaces’s ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ exhibition at Kensington Palace before public opening hours.
Free. Benjamin West Patrons only.
Young Patrons are invited to visit conceptual artist Ryan Gander’s studio in East London and learn more about his fascinating and heterogeneous practice.
Free. Young Patrons only.
East London. Full directions provided on RSVP.
Join the Royal Academy’s Secretary and Chief Executive, Charles Saumarez Smith, on a walking tour of the East End taking inspiration from his new book ‘East London’; an engaging insider’s guide to the streets of the East End, from Spitalfields to Stratford.
£10. Patrons only.
Central London. Full address provided on RSVP
Join us for a visit to the home of Tiqui Atencio, philanthropist and prominent collector of Latin American, pre-Columbian and modern and contemporary art.
Free. Patrons only.
Patrons are invited to join us during the Opening Week of the 57th Venice Biennale, for guided visits of the Giardini and the Arsenale and the independent installations that will take over the city’s great palazzi.
£400. Excludes travel and accommodation.
Culham Court, Henley-on-Thames
Join us for a day trip to visit the award-winning chapel built on the Culham Court estate near Henley-on-Thames, including a private tour of the Chapel followed by lunch.
£50. Includes lunch and travel to and from the station. RA Patrons only.
Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
Please join us to celebrate 20 years since the founding of the RA Patrons scheme, at a drinks reception highlighting the history of the scheme and the Royal Academy of Arts.
Central London. Full directions on RSVP.
We invite Contemporary Circle Patrons to join us as we visit the beautiful studio of Nick Hornby in central London.
The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools
RA Schools Patrons will have the opportunity to hear directly from some of the graduating students as they prepare to stage their final year exhibition.
£10. RA Schools Patrons only.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.