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.
Exhibition press kits
The Renaissance Nude
The Sackler Wing of Galleries
In March 2019, the Royal Academy of Arts will present The Renaissance Nude, an exhibition exploring the nude and how it inspired some of the most renowned masterpieces of the western canon. Arranged thematically, The Renaissance Nude will bring together around 90 works in a variety of media and from different regions of Europe, examining the emergence of a dynamic visual tradition that permanently altered the character and values of European art. The exhibition will feature works by artists including Lucas Cranach the Elder, Albrecht Dürer, Jan Gossaert, Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci.
In February 2019 acclaimed British artist Phyllida Barlow RA will transform the Royal Academy’s Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries with an exhibition of entirely new work, entitled cul-de-sac. The exhibition has been conceived as a sequential installation running across all three of the interconnected spaces. There will be changes of pace and emphasis across the galleries as Barlow seeks to interrogate and challenge the spaces.
In January 2019, the Royal Academy of Arts will bring together the work of the pioneering video artist, Honorary Royal Academician Bill Viola (b. 1951), with drawings by Michelangelo (1475 -1564). Though working five centuries apart and in radically different media, these artists share a deep preoccupation with the nature of human experience and existence. Bill Viola / Michelangelo will create an artistic exchange between these two artists and will be a unique opportunity to see major works from Viola’s long career and some of the greatest drawings by Michelangelo, together for the first time. It will be the first exhibition at the Royal Academy largely devoted to video art and has been organised in partnership with Royal Collection Trust.
Free displays at the Royal Academy of Arts, 2018 - 2019
The Royal Academy of Arts has recently undergone a transformative redevelopment, providing 70% more public space across its two-acre campus. This has enabled the Royal Academy to expand its temporary, free displays offer, exploring the RA’s collection, the work of its Royal Academicians, and the activity of the RA Schools, which celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2019.
British Watercolours: From the Collection of BNY Mellon
The Royal Academy presents British Watercolours: From the Collection of BNY Mellon in the Tennant Gallery. The exhibition presents 25 British watercolours and drawings, featuring works from BNY Mellon’s corporate art collection which were created in the first hundred years of the Royal Academy’s existence between 1770–1870. The exhibition marks the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary this year.
Axel Rüger appointed as new Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy of Arts announced today that Axel Rüger has been appointed as the new Secretary and Chief Executive. He replaces Sir Charles Saumarez Smith who stepped down at the end of 2018. Rüger is currently the Director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Royal Academy of Arts announces election of two new Royal Academicians, Professor of Anatomy and Secretary for Foreign Correspondence
The Royal Academy of Arts has elected Lubaina Himid CBE as a Royal Academician in the
category of Painting and the architectural partnership of Adam Caruso and Peter St John,
founders of Caruso St John Architects, as a Royal Academician in the category of Architecture,
following a recent General Assembly. In addition, Professor Roger Kneebone has been
elected as the new Professor of Anatomy and Lord Peter Ricketts as Secretary for Foreign
Royal Academy of Arts announces the 251st Summer Exhibition committee
Acclaimed British painter, Jock McFadyen RA will be the co-ordinator of the 251st Summer Exhibition in
2019. This year’s committee members are Royal Academicians Stephen Chambers, Anne Desmet,
Hughie O’Donoghue, Timothy Hyman, Barbara Rae, Bob and Roberta Smith, Jane and Louise Wilson
and Richard Wilson. Spencer de Grey will curate the Architecture Gallery. The Summer Exhibition
Committee will be chaired by the President of the Royal Academy, Christopher Le Brun.
To demonstrate the Royal Academy of Arts’ ongoing support of art education for young people, the RA is launching a new initiative in 2019 entitled the Young Artists’ Summer Show, supported by philanthropist Robin Hambro. The project, which will be open to all UK primary and secondary students aged 7-19 (key stages 2-5), will comprise an online and on-site exhibition, providing a unique opportunity for students to showcase their work. The project will coincide with the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition and the 250th anniversary of the RA Schools in 2019.
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.
The Royal Academy of Arts announces the Wollaston Award winner 2018
The prestigious £25,000 Charles Wollaston Award has been won by Royal Academician Mike Nelson for Untitled (public sculpture for a redundant space) in the Royal Academy’s 250th 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 UK.
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.
Royal Academy of Arts to celebrate 250th Birthday on Monday 10 December 2018
The Royal Academy of Arts, the world’s foremost artist and architect-led institution, will have its 250th birthday on Monday 10 December 2018, exactly 250 years after the ‘Instrument of Foundation’ was signed by King George III in 1768.
Royal Academy of Arts receives major gift from Julia and Hans Rausing
The Royal Academy of Arts has received a major gift of £2.5m from Julia and Hans Rausing towards The Vaults, the new public route linking Burlington House to Burlington Gardens. This generous donation is the closing gift for the RA’s recent redevelopment. The Vaults will be named The Julia and Hans Rausing Hall.
New Royal Academy of Arts will open on 19 May 2018 in celebration of its 250th anniversary
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, and its role as a centre for debate about art and architecture – alongside its world-class exhibitions programme.
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.
The Royal Academy of Arts and London’s Bond Street unveil art inspired windows in celebration of the RA’s 250th anniversary in 2018
The Royal Academy of Arts in collaboration with London’s Bond Street unveil an array of art inspired windows across world-leading fashion and fine jewellery brands this summer, as part of the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary celebrations.
For the first time, Bond Street’s windows are transformed into a series of rich and diverse art installations, celebrating the theme 250 Years of Art from 22 June - 8 July 2018, coinciding with the Royal Academy’s 250th Summer Exhibition and the Mayfair Art Weekend 29 June - 1 July 2018. Alongside the installations, Royal Academician Rose Wylie has been commissioned to create rows of flags suspended above Bond Street throughout the summer, as part of the broader celebration of 250 Years of Art in London’s West End.
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.