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The Royal Academy of Arts

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About The Royal Academy of Arts

We are an Academy and we have a lot in common with museums and other galleries, but as an Academy, we have a broader role – to promote not just the appreciation and understanding of art, but also its practice. We are led by artists. Just as our founders intended, we are still led by many of the greatest artists and architects of the day.

Each Royal Academician must be a practising artist, elected by their peers in recognition of their work. Our Academicians represent many different perspectives, but we all share a deep commitment to art and a strong belief in the contribution that artists make to the world.

We host exhibitions and events all year round. From ancient sculpture to modern-day masterpieces, we are the original home of the blockbuster exhibition. We stage an annual summer exhibition, the world’s largest open-submission exhibition. Our events programme opens up the worlds of our exhibitions and helps introduce new audiences to our art and artists.

We welcome thousands of different people to our home on Piccadilly every year. We’re fortunate to have so many loyal Patrons and Friends, whose support is absolutelcrucial to our survival as an independent charity. We also house a private members’ club, the Academicians’ Room, which hosts parties, film screenings and interviews.

 

 

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