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The Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts

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

Founded in 1768, the Royal Academy is one of the Britain’s oldest art Institutions. Thought it holds one of the nation’s  great art collections it is perhaps best known for its annual Summer Exhibition, which comprises a mix of around 1,200 new works by established and unknown painters, sculptures and architects.

Celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2018, the Royal Academy expanded its exhibition spaces and linked two majestic Italianate buildings – Burlington House and Burlington Gardens- via a bridge. The addition of several galleries, including the Vaults and the Collection Gallery, allows more space to display highlights from the exceptional permanent collection, which includes works by Michelangelo and Constable , as well as the work of contemporary artists.

Did you know ?

The Royal Academy was Britain’s first independent fine arts school.

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At a glance

  • Activity

    Culture, Sightseeing
  • Address

    London, Burlington House 6 & Burlington Gardens
  • Underground

    Piccadilly Circus.

"One of the Britain’s oldest Art Institutions, with great art collections"

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