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The Royal Academy of Arts


Venue of Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional

About the Royal Academy of Arts – in their words
The Royal Academy’s mission is to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists. We promote the creation, appreciation and understanding of art through exhibitions, learning and debate.

What makes the Royal Academy different?
We are a unique cultural organisation: a place where art is made, exhibited and debated. We are independent. We receive no revenue funding from government. With the support of fellow art lovers, we fundraise and generate income to protect our future and the future of art and artists.

Royal Academicians
Just as our founders intended, we are still run by the leading artists and architects of the day. Known as Royal Academicians, they are all practising artists who help to steer our vision and support our activities. From teaching in the RA Schools to deciding on our exhibitions schedule, they are at the heart of everything we do.

Educating artists of the future
We are home to Britain’s first art school, the RA Schools. Our three-year postgraduate course is one of the most competitive in the country, and we are proud to offer free tuition to all who study here.

The RA Schools has trained some of the UK’s finest artists; from William Blake to 2012 Turner Prize-nominee Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Our success lies in a constantly evolving programme which attracts some of the most sought-after teaching staff, visiting artists and thinkers in the world.