Royal Academy of Arts

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John Bodkin
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Jonathan Perugia / Time Out
John Bodkin
Jonathan Perugia / Time Out

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.

Venue name: Royal Academy of Arts
Address: 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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  • Until Sunday December 13 2015
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Tara P

The academy itself is beautiful with lovely interior design. However, I wasn’t impressed with 2015’s summer exhibition.

It seemed thrown together and there was little cohesion or explanation. Had I not been a guest at a free event I would have been very disappointed with my experience, as the content was not up to the standard I would expect of a leading gallery; we spent no longer than 20 minutes in the rooms because there wasn't much of interest to see.

I'm unlikely to be paying to return. However, art is subjective, so maybe see for yourself. 


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.