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Royal Academy of Arts

Venue Display
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
Piccadilly
London W1J0BD
United Kingdom
Venue Type: Gallery

Neighborhood:
mayfair



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> CURRENT EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS
September 3rd - February 14th, 2016 Thinking Through Drawing
Chris Wilkinson RA
 
September 2nd - January 3rd, 2016 The Waterloo Cartoon
Daniel Maclise
 
July 4th - September 27th Wanderlust
Joseph Cornell
 
May 20th - September 20th Stories from the Past — Visions of the Future: The Royal Academy and its Buildings
 
April 30th - October 22nd Academicians in Focus: Timothy Hyman RA - A year with Maggie's
Timothy Hyman RA
 
> UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS
Oct, 2015 Solo Exhibition
Jean-Etienne Liotard
 
Sep, 2015 white: A project by Edmund de Waal
 
Sep, 2015 Solo Exhibition
Ai Weiwei
 
> QUICK FACTS
GALLERY TYPE:  
Contemporary
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DESCRIPTION

The Royal Academy of Arts has a unique position in being an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects whose purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.

History
The Academy was founded by George III in 1768. The 34 founding Members were a group of prominent artists and architects including Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir William Chambers who were determined to achieve professional standing for British art and architecture. They also wanted to provide a venue for exhibitions that would be open to the public; and to establish a school of art through which their skills and knowledge could be passed to future generations of practitioners.

The Academy today continues to aspire, in the words of its eighteenth-century founders, ‘to promote the arts of design’, that is: to present a broad range of visual art to the widest possible audience; to stimulate debate, understanding and creation through education; and to provide a focus for the interests of artists and art-lovers. The Academy has held an annual Summer Exhibition of works for sale since its formation and its first loan exhibition was held in 1870. The Academy now enjoys an unrivalled reputation as a venue for exhibitions of international importance.


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