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.
Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
The highlight of London’s social calendar.
Tickets from £275.
The Sir Hugh Casson Room for Friends, The Keeper's House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
Did you know that the shape of a glass can change the taste of wine? Friends are invited to join a masterclass with Riedel, where you will taste new and old-world wines in specially crafted glasses and take home your own set at the end.
£80. Includes Riedel glass set.
Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
Join musicians from the Royal College of Music, London, who will be filling the galleries with music inspired by selected artworks from the Summer Exhibition.
Free with exhibition entry.
This tasting is a comprehensive introduction to the world of craft chocolate, paired with carefully selected whiskies.
£40. Includes ten chocolates and three whiskies.
Enjoy an exclusive private view of the 249th annual Summer Exhibition away from the crowds, with live music in the courtyard, a DJ in the galleries and themed food and drinks available to purchase.
£25. Includes welcome drink.
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.
Free. Patrons only.
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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.
Let your senses follow Henri Matisse’s lead as you take a journey through food and classical music. You’ll taste the Côte d‘Azur, and feel the warm summer breeze from the French Riviera.
£75. Includes welcome drink and Mediterranean tapas.
Main Galleries and The Sackler Wing of Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
When everybody else has gone home, we’ll give you after-hours access, until midnight, of three landmark exhibitions.
£50. Includes welcome drink and donation to the Royal Academy capital appeal.
To coincide with our celebration of the great American artist Jasper Johns, we take you on an exploration of the evolving world of American craft chocolate, pairing each choice one carefully selected wines.
£40. Includes ten chocolates and five wine tastings.