All media access to RA exhibitions requires accreditation. Journalists wishing to cover any exhibitions outside dedicated press viewings must either present their press cards at the ticket desk (we welcome all UK Press Cards/National Police Chiefs Council passes as well as valid AICA, NUJ, Critics’ Circle and CIoJ cards) or arrange their visit in advance to receive official approval from the RA Press Office.
We have dedicated press viewings for every exhibition. After the press view, our galleries remain open to holders of all UK Press Cards (National Police Chiefs Council passes), AICA, NUJ, Critics’ Circle and CIoJ cards until two weeks before the exhibition closing date. You must bring your card with you when you visit. If you are a working journalist wishing to cover our exhibition who does not hold one of these cards, you must contact us in advance at email@example.com to arrange a press pass. Gallery staff cannot admit journalists without an approved card or press pass.
N.B. During the last two weeks of an exhibition we are unable to offer press passes.
Filming and photography agreements
We are always happy to hear from you if you would like to arrange a shoot with us, but as a working art institution we cannot always accommodate every request for filming and photography.
Filming and photography is always allowed during exhibition press views and we can also arrange out of hours access for crews, although you will need to avoid filming while we are open to the public from 10am - 6pm.
Please make sure that all filming and photography is pre-arranged with the press office beforehand.
In an unprecedented collaboration, three major London galleries, the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, and National Gallery, will open three distinct exhibitions with the artist Tacita Dean, it was announced today. The three exhibitions, Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE, PORTRAIT, STILL LIFE, shaped by Dean’s response to the individual character of each institution, will explore genres traditionally associated with painting – landscape at the Royal Academy of Arts, portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery and still life at the National Gallery – seen through the contemporary prism of Dean’s wide-ranging artistic practice.
Looking to the past, present and future of one of the cornerstones of artistic process, we ask what it means to make art from life, and how the practice is evolving as technology opens up new ways of making and seeing.
Drawing from casts and life models was long considered essential training for any aspiring artist, and was once a staple of the Royal Academy’s own art school. Now, on the cusp of the RA’s 250th anniversary, this special exhibition project takes an inquisitive look at the tradition and its ongoing relationship with artists today.
Dalí / Duchamp is the first exhibition to present the art of two of the 20th century’s most famous artists in exclusive dialogue. Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) and Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) are usually seen as opposites in almost every respect, yet they shared attitudes to art and life that are manifested in their respective oeuvres on many levels. Taking their friendship as its starting point, the exhibition will demonstrate the aesthetic, philosophical and personal links between them. Over 80 paintings, sculptures, ‘readymades’, photographs, drawings, films and archival material will bring to life the myriad of connections between the works of these two very different creative and intelligent minds. Dalí / Duchamp will be located in Galleries 1, 2 and the Weston Rooms in Burlington House and will include loans from public institutions and private collections across Europe and the US.
Matisse in the Studio is the first exhibition to consider how the personal collection of treasured objects of Henri Matisse (1869-1954) were both subject matter and inspiration for his work. To reveal the working processes by which these pieces were transformed in his oeuvre, around 35 objects are displayed alongside 65 of Matisse’s paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and cut-outs.
In January 2018, the Royal Academy of Arts, in partnership with Royal Collection Trust, will present Charles I: King and Collector, a landmark exhibition that will reunite one of the most extraordinary and influential art collections ever assembled. During his reign, Charles I (1600-1649) acquired and commissioned exceptional masterpieces from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century, including works by Van Dyck, Rubens, Holbein, Titian and Mantegna, amongst others. Charles I was executed in 1649 and just months later the collection was offered for sale and dispersed across Europe. Although many works were retrieved by Charles II during the Restoration, others now form the core of collections such as the Musée du Louvre and the Museo Nacional del Prado.
In September 2017, the Royal Academy of Arts will present a landmark exhibition of the Honorary Royal Academician, Jasper Johns. This will be the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work to be held in the UK in 40 years. The exhibition will comprise over 150 works including sculpture, drawings and prints, together with new work from the artist. Johns is recognised as one of the most significant and influential artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and the exhibition will span over 60 years from his early career, right up to the present time, bringing together artworks that rarely travel from international private and public collections. The title of the exhibition comes from a statement by Johns in 2008: ‘One hopes for something resembling truth, some sense of life, even of grace, to flicker, at least in the work.’
Works of Feeling: Pre-Raphaelite Book Illustration
17 October – 20 December 2017
RA Print Room
The Royal Academy presents a focused display of Victorian wood-engravings by illustrators Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–82), Sir John Everett Millais PRA (1829–96) and William Holman Hunt (1827–1910) in the RA Print Room. The display also includes examples of related mid-Victorian illustration by Frederick Sandys (1832–1904), Lord Leighton PRA (1830–96) and Sir Edward Poynter PRA (1836–1919). The Royal Academy holds a collection of these works in print and book form.
Royal Academy of Arts launches an Executive Master in Cultural Leadership in partnership with Maastricht University
This Executive Master is designed to foster a new generation of leaders who want to bring a deep understanding of culture and creativity to their industries and organisations. Its ambition is to positively shape the arts and cultural sectors by nurturing world-class leaders who can then apply their knowledge and skills to enable long-term, sustainable, ethical and innovative business practices.
Royal Academy of Arts commemorates bicentenary of G F Watts RA with display of Physical Energy sculpture in RA courtyard
The Royal Academy of Arts, in collaboration with Watts Gallery Trust, presents a new bronze cast of Physical Energy, the renowned equestrian sculpture by George Frederic Watts OM RA (1817 – 1904), 113 years after it was first displayed in the Royal Academy’s courtyard in 1904.
Royal Academy of Arts celebrates HRH The Duchess of Cornwall as new Patron of the Royal Academy Friends
On Monday 16 October 2017, the Royal Academy of Arts will welcome Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall for the first time since her appointment as the new Patron of the Royal Academy Friends. The Duke of Edinburgh passed on the patronage in 2016 after almost forty years, having been patron since the scheme was founded in 1977.
The Royal Academy of Arts and St Pancras International unveil monumental mechanical work by Conrad Shawcross RA
The Royal Academy of Arts today revealed a major site-specific installation, The Interpretation of Movement (a 9:8 in blue), 2017, by Royal Academician Conrad Shawcross for Terrace Wires, the station’s public commissioning programme for new artwork by leading international artists.
This is the third instalment of a four-year partnership between HS1 Ltd. (owners of St Pancras International) and the Royal Academy for the station’s public sculpture series, following Cornelia Parker RA’s One More Time in 2015 and Ron Arad RA’s Thought of Train of Thought in 2016. This year marks the fifth year of the Terrace Wires commission at the station.
The Royal Academy of Arts announces the Wollaston Award winner
The prestigious £25,000 Charles Wollaston Award has been won by Isaac Julien for his film WESTERN UNION: Small Boats in the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition. Established in 1978 and presented to the ‘most distinguished work’ in the exhibition, it is one of the most significant art prizes awarded in the country.
The Royal Academy of Arts launches the public appeal 'Make Your Mark', ensuring the next 250 years of the academy
London, 17 May 2017: The Royal Academy of Arts launches the public appeal ‘Make Your Mark’ to raise £3 million to help complete its transformative redevelopment, realise the ambitious plans for its 250th anniversary and to ensure the next 250 years of the Royal Academy as Britain’s foremost independent, artist and architect-led institution.
The Royal Academy Schools and British Fashion Council announce a new collaboration: Fashion Arts Commissions
London, 27 October 2016: The Royal Academy Schools and the BFC Fashion Arts Foundation have announced their commitment to encouraging and nurturing future talent with a new commissioning project bringing together visual artists and fashion designers to collaborate across both art forms. Fashion Art Commissions will pair alumni from the RA Schools with NEWGEN and NEWGEN MEN designers.
The commission will result in artworks that will form part of an auction at Christie’s. The pieces will be on display from 31 October –11 November 2016 at Christie’s King Street gallery and will then be part of an online auction from 22 November – 1 December 2016. The money raised from the auction will go to the BFC Fashion Arts Foundation, one of the BFC’s registered charities.
The Royal Academy of Arts celebrates The Queen’s 90th birthday with an awards ceremony recognising figures in the visual arts and architecture
London, 28 September 2016: On Tuesday 11 October 2016, the Royal Academy of Arts celebrated the role of their Royal Patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in her 90th year with a reception and an awards ceremony. The Queen was accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh.
Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy of Arts, said, “We are delighted to receive The Queen at the Royal Academy in her 90th year. In celebration and recognition of her support for the arts, those who have made a valued contribution will be honoured. The list of award winners shows the great breadth of achievements during Her Majesty’s reign. In this time the arts have been significantly transformed, are now more prominent in national life and more internationally successful than ever before.”
Royal Academy Keeper Eileen Cooper RA recognised by Woman of the Year
London, 26 September 2016: Royal Academician and Keeper of the Royal Academy of Arts, Eileen Cooper, will join over 400 women from all walks of life at the Women of the Year Lunch as a ‘2016 Woman of Achievement’. Each guest is regarded as a ‘Woman of the Year’ and represents not only herself, but the millions of women who make a difference every day.
Eileen Cooper RA is attending in celebration of her contribution to the arts and arts education.
Origins – A Project by Ordinary Architecture to go on display in October
15 October 2016 – 15 January 2017
This Autumn the Royal Academy has commissioned Ordinary Architecture to create a series of interventions throughout Burlington House that offer an intriguing contemporary counterpoint to the ‘origin myths’ of architecture. The history of architecture is full of ‘origin myths’, stories of how and where architecture began. What makes these ‘origin myths’ important is the way they describe the point at which architecture becomes culture, when the act of building becomes imbued with cultural meanings that can be read and interpreted.
Royal Academy of Arts announces The Veronica Scanner: Live 3D Portraiture to go on display in September 2016
London, 25 July 2016: The Royal Academy of Arts in partnership with Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation and the Rothschild Foundation will present The Veronica Scanner: Live 3D Portraiture to UK audiences for ten days only in London, from 2 – 11 September 2016, and Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire from 22 – 30 October 2016.
The Royal Academy of Arts announces new and expanded events programme, inaugurating new spaces for debate and learning in its 250th year
The Royal Academy of Arts announces a new and expanded public programme of events for 2018, ahead of the unveiling of its transformed campus on Saturday 19 May 2018 and as part of the celebrations of its 250th anniversary year. The new 250-seat double-height Benjamin West Lecture Theatre will become a hub for conversation and lively debate, while the Clore Learning Centre will provide a permanent home for the RA’s ambitious Learning Programme of talks and workshops for schools, families and community groups, as well as courses and classes for adult learners.
New Royal Academy of Arts will open on 19 May 2018 following a transformative redevelopment
The Royal Academy of Arts, the world’s foremost artist and architect-led institution, will open its new campus to the public on Saturday 19 May 2018 as part of the celebrations of its 250th anniversary year. Following a transformational redevelopment, designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Sir David Chipperfield CBE RA and supported by the National Lottery, the new Royal Academy will open up and reveal more of the elements that make the RA unique – sharing with the public historic treasures from its Collection, the work of its Royal Academicians and the Royal Academy Schools, alongside its world-class exhibitions programme.
The Royal Academy of Arts announces Itsuko Hasegawa as the winner of the first Royal Academy Architecture Prize and the shortlist for the RA Dorfman Award
The Royal Academy of Arts today announced that Itsuko Hasegawa has been awarded the 2018 Royal Academy Architecture Prize, honouring her inspiring and enduring contribution to the culture of architecture.
The first in the annual awards, supported by the Dorfman Foundation, forms part of the RA’s increased commitment to architecture and was decided by a distinguished international jury, chaired by the architect and Royal Academician Louisa Hutton. Jury members included architect Richard Rogers RA, Dean of Harvard Graduate School of Design Mohsen Mostafavi, BBC broadcaster Razia Iqbal, artist Conrad Shawcross RA and critic and curator Joseph Grima.
The Royal Academy of Arts and John Sisk & Son celebrate a milestone in the construction of the Academy's transformative redevelopment
The Royal Academy of Arts and John Sisk & Son today revealed the newly restored 19th century façade of Burlington Gardens in a special event to celebrate a significant milestone in the RA’s transformative redevelopment. Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy and Stephen Bowcott, Chief Executive Officer of John Sisk & Son, were joined by Royal Academician sculptors Cornelia Parker and Gilbert and George, along with Blondel Cluff, Chair of the London Committee for the National Lottery, to unveil the final four statues to be restored on the building’s façade above the main entrance.
The Royal Academy of Arts today announced a generous gift from the Dorfman Foundation
The Royal Academy of Arts today announced a generous gift from the Dorfman Foundation which will significantly transform the future of architecture at the Royal Academy. As the RA prepares to celebrate its 250th anniversary in 2018, the support from the Dorfman Foundation will enable the RA to launch two new international architecture awards, together with the restoration of the majestic Senate Rooms in Burlington Gardens to house a new architecture space and cafe. Coupled with the Royal Academy’s new commitment to host a yearly architecture exhibition, the gift will realise the RA’s mission to garner a wider appreciation and understanding of architecture, bringing to the fore its vital relationship to culture and society.