Britain's first art school was founded in 1768 and moved to the extravagantly Palladian Burlington House a century later. It is now best known for the galleries. Expect to pay for blockbusters (like 2008's popular 'From Russia' show) in the Sackler Wing or main galleries, while shows in the John Madejski Fine Rooms are drawn from the RA's holdings – ranging from Constable to Hockney – and are free. The Royal Academy's biggest event is the Summer Exhibition, which for more than two centuries has drawn from works entered by the public as well its Royal Academicians. The nozzles of the courtyard fountain are layed out to match the position of the stars and planets on the night in 1723 when Sir Joshua Reynolds, artist and RA Founding President, was born.
Royal Academy of Arts
|Venue name:||Royal Academy of Arts||Contact:|
Burlington House, Piccadilly
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu, Sat, Sun 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-10pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Piccadilly Circus|
|Price:||Admission Charge between £14-£10, concs £6-£9|
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Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
For a show that was always going to be a surefire hit, ‘Painting the Modern Garden’ more than delivers in the ways you’d expect. Floral masterpieces by Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and Henri Matisse are abundant; there are also endless discoveries to...Until Wednesday April 20 2016Read more
Premiums: Interim Projects
Featuring painting, photography, performance, sculpture, installation and video, this interim showcase of second year Royal Academy Schools students reveals the diversity of the three-year postgraduate course as well as profiling the emerging talent of...Friday February 12 2016 - Sunday February 21 2016 FreeRead more
David Hockney RA: 79 Portraits and Two Still Lifes
After his mega 2012 RA show, David Hockney returns to the Royal Academy with a smaller show in the Sackler Wing of portraits made in Los Angeles over the past three years. The aquas and blues of the backgrounds immediately recall his seminal swimming...Painting Saturday July 2 2016 - Sunday October 2 2016Read more
Autumn 2016 at the RA is all about New York in the 1940s and ’50s, as this blockbuster survey of abstract expressionism brings together the big deals, bad boys and prodigious boozers of the era. It’s sure to be a swaggeringly audacious show. Abstract...Painting Saturday September 24 2016 - Monday January 2 2017Read more
Intrigue: James Ensor By Luc Tuymans
A mixture of satire and macabre in the art of James Ensor, in an exhibition curated by Luc Tuymans.Painting Saturday October 29 2016 - Sunday January 29 2017Read more
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The Rubens exhibition at the Royal Academy of the Arts was absolutely fantastic!
I advise every art lover to visit the exhibitions. The gallery is near Piccadilly Circus in the very heart of London.
As this is advertised as a free gallery i went along to check it out...there were 3 or 4 paintings on a wall behind a stairwell that were free to view, all the exhibitions were £20 or more. This shouldn't be listed as a free gallery at all.