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RA Schools Show 2016

23 June — 3 July 2016

This exhibition is now closed

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"As with previous years, the prestigious Royal Academy Schools show is sure to be a crowd-puller as it showcases the final projects of 17 art stars of the future."

Time Out

With its roots in RA heritage but its focus firmly fixed on the here and now, the RA Schools Show is a highlight of the contemporary art calendar, offering a cutting-edge counterpoint to the Summer Exhibition.

This is the annual exhibition of works by final year students at the Royal Academy Schools. Each year the RA Schools accepts no more than 17 students, representing some of the exceptional emerging artists working today. This free exhibition is the culmination of their time here. In a rare opportunity for visitors, we open up our historic studios – normally hidden from public view – to exhibit painting, sculpture, video, installation and live events.

The RA Schools offers a free postgraduate programme in contemporary art. Former students include J. M. W. Turner, William Blake and John Everett Millais, all the way to Turner Prize nominee Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Eddie Peake, Catherine Story and Matthew Darbyshire. Established in 1769 and still independent, it is the longest-running art school in Britain and continues to fulfil its founding aim to support and train the next generation of artists.

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23 June — 3 July 2016

Saturday – Thursday 10am – 6pm Friday 10am – 10pm

We regret that there is no level access to the exhibition due to ongoing building works that will improve our site in time for our 250th anniversary. Access is via Keeper’s House.


RA Schools Studios