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09/01/2024

Submissions are now open for our 2024 Summer Exhibition!

Coordinated by Ann Christopher RA, who this year is focussing on "making space".

We are calling on artists and architects to submit their work by 13 February. Find out more: https://roy.ac/0a4vv70j

📣 Calling all young artists 📣Submissions for the 2024 Young Artists’ Summer Show are now open!It’s free to enter, and ch...
08/01/2024

📣 Calling all young artists 📣

Submissions for the 2024 Young Artists’ Summer Show are now open!

It’s free to enter, and chosen works will be exhibited online and onsite at the RA this summer. To enter you need to be aged 4-19 and studying in the UK. All artworks will be judged by a panel of passionate and award-winning artists and art professionals.

Don't miss this exciting opportunity – apply by 27 March:

The Young Artists' Summer Show is an open submission exhibition, taking place both online and on-site at the Royal Academy, that recognises talented young artists at primary and secondary school level.

Some exercise in January; we exercise our right to sleep in January.James Lowe, ‘A sleeping child’, ca. 1815. Pencil on ...
06/01/2024

Some exercise in January; we exercise our right to sleep in January.

James Lowe, ‘A sleeping child’, ca. 1815. Pencil on cream wove paper. 82 mm x 70 mm. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London.

04/01/2024

We've got a whole lot of art heading your way in 2024. What are you looking forward to seeing most?

Visit our website to see what’s coming up 👀 https://roy.ac/qvce1o0v

03/01/2024

Coming soon: Entangled Pasts, 1768 - now

Lubaina Himid RA gives an overview of our upcoming exhibition, opening 3 February.

Book your tickets now: https://roy.ac/8d1uuogj

Waking up to the first day back at work in the new year  🛋️🥱This delightful Federico Zandomeneghi’s drawing of a morning...
02/01/2024

Waking up to the first day back at work in the new year 🛋️🥱

This delightful Federico Zandomeneghi’s drawing of a morning scene is from our current 'Impressionists on Paper' exhibition. Don’t miss out, book your tickets now: https://roy.ac/6ejela

Federico Zandomeneghi, 'Waking Up,' 1895. Pastel on paper mounted on board, 60 x 73 cm. Musei Civici di Mantova, Mantua. Photo: © Comune di Mantova - Musei Civici

Today we say goodbye to our ‘Marina Abramović’ exhibition.With key moments from Abramović’s incredible career including ...
01/01/2024

Today we say goodbye to our ‘Marina Abramović’ exhibition.

With key moments from Abramović’s incredible career including sculpture, video, installation and, of course, live performance, it has been an exhibition that has got people talking!

Did you visit? Which work are you still thinking about? Tell us in the comments ⬇️

Lead supporter - BNP Paribas. Supported by Chrome Hearts. With additional support from Simon Morris and Annalisa Burello, The Marina Abramović Supporters Circle, Sean Kelly Gallery and Lisson Gallery. Hotel Partner - Claridge's.

Marina Abramović, 'Golden Mask', 2009. Video, 30 minutes. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives, and Galleria Lia Rumma © Marina Abramović

Whether you’re dancing the night away at a party or welcoming in 2024 in the tranquillity of your home, we hope you have...
31/12/2023

Whether you’re dancing the night away at a party or welcoming in 2024 in the tranquillity of your home, we hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve 🎉

Harriet Lassalle, 'Disco Dancing No 3', ca.1982. Oil on cottonduck. 1523 mm x 1530 mm x 20 mm. © The Artist. Photo: ©Royal Academy of Arts, London

Have you had your Marina moment?Don't miss out on this must-see exhibition, which closes on the 1st January: https://roy...
27/12/2023

Have you had your Marina moment?

Don't miss out on this must-see exhibition, which closes on the 1st January: https://roy.ac/m7r339

Image: Marina Abramović, 'The Hero', 2001. Single Channel Video (black and white, sound); 14 minutes, 21 seconds; objects: dimensions variable. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives, and Galeria Luciana Brito. © Marina Abramović

Our Great Art Quiz of the Year returns with a look back at 2023Pop star portraits and parodies galore, how much have you...
26/12/2023

Our Great Art Quiz of the Year returns with a look back at 2023

Pop star portraits and parodies galore, how much have you paid attention to art news this year?

Put your knowledge to the test: https://roy.ac/kcvop4n7

Have you been paying attention to art news this year? Put your knowledge to the test with our art quiz of 2023.

Wishing you a very merry Christmas from all of us at the Royal Academy of Arts! 🌲Charles Robinson, 'The Christmas Tree',...
25/12/2023

Wishing you a very merry Christmas from all of us at the Royal Academy of Arts! 🌲

Charles Robinson, 'The Christmas Tree', from Evelyn Sharp, 'The Child's Christmas, pictured by Charles Robinson', 1906. Colour halftone. 192 mm x 136 mm. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: John Hammond.

Santa Claus is coming to town 🎅🏘️Arthur Rackham was an accomplished book illustrator and his work includes illustrations...
24/12/2023

Santa Claus is coming to town 🎅🏘️

Arthur Rackham was an accomplished book illustrator and his work includes illustrations for Clement C. Moore’s 'The night before Christmas'.

Arthur Rackham, 'It must be St. Nick.', 1931, from Clement C. Moore, 'The night before Christmas', 1931. Colour plate. 140 mm x 101 mm. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London.

23/12/2023

The Artist is Present saw Marina Abramović perform for 736 hours at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art.

The audience was invited to sit in front of Abramović for as long as they wanted and engage in silence, experiencing the present moment.

Experience the connection for yourself, our exhibition runs until Jan 1: https://roy.ac/m7r339

Marina Abramović, 'The Artist is Present', 2010. Performance, 3 months, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives. © Marina Abramović.

Happy Winter Solstice 🌞 Enjoy all seven hours and 49 minutes of daylight!And we hope you also enjoy Joseph Farquharson R...
22/12/2023

Happy Winter Solstice 🌞 Enjoy all seven hours and 49 minutes of daylight!

And we hope you also enjoy Joseph Farquharson RA's peaceful landscape covered in snow.

Joseph Farquharson RA,'"When snow the pasture sheets"', 1915. Oil on canvas. 559 mm x 915 mm. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: John Hammond.

21/12/2023

Marina Abramović invited the public to join her for a one-off performance, An Invitation to Love Unconditionally, in the RA’s courtyard.

With eyes closed, the assembled crowd shared a moment of stillness and togetherness with the artist.

Pastel was Berthe Morisot’s medium of choice for portraiture.This portrait of Isabelle Lambert was made with energetic s...
20/12/2023

Pastel was Berthe Morisot’s medium of choice for portraiture.

This portrait of Isabelle Lambert was made with energetic strokes of pastel, and reveals a wonderful immediacy and informality. The sitter gazes into the distance as if lost in thought, demonstrating Morisot’s ability to capture the psychological depths of her subjects.

Just one of the beautiful works on display in ‘Impressionists on Paper’. Book your tickets: https://roy.ac/6ejela

Berthe Morisot, 'Portrait of Isabelle Lambert,' 1885. Pastel on paper, 39 x 37 cm. Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia

What's on your plate for your ideal Christmas meal? 😋🍽️Tatum, age 15, said: "I started drawing this on the first day of ...
19/12/2023

What's on your plate for your ideal Christmas meal? 😋🍽️

Tatum, age 15, said: "I started drawing this on the first day of Advent and finished it just in time for my real Christmas dinner! The dinner symbolises Christmas for me."

Tatum's amazingly realistic drawing was selected for this year’s Young Artists’ Summer Show. Look out for entries opening on 8th January for the 2024 show!

Turkey, take a seat, this festive bird takes the crown 👑❄️This wonderful painting by Cressida, age 5, was selected for o...
17/12/2023

Turkey, take a seat, this festive bird takes the crown 👑❄️

This wonderful painting by Cressida, age 5, was selected for our Young Artists’ Summer Show in 2020 and it has been made into an RA Christmas card and decoration!

Shop them in store or online: https://roy.ac/x1erw8va

Are you planning to get your skates on this winter? ⛸️Bill Jacklin RA has always been fascinated by light and movement, ...
16/12/2023

Are you planning to get your skates on this winter? ⛸️

Bill Jacklin RA has always been fascinated by light and movement, and in this painting the skaters form slightly blurred silhouettes against the bright winter sunshine.

Jacklin compared the experience of observing the city to "the kind of feeling that you have when you look up at the night sky about the fullness of time and life passing. Everyone’s racing around, whether it’s the shadows, the people, or the clouds."

Bill Jacklin RA, 'The Rink, 3pm', 1992. Oil on canvas. 1273 mm x 1371 mm. © Royal Academy of Arts. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: John Hammond.

13/12/2023

"Some hate it, some love it..."

Marina Abramović reflects on 'Rest Energy', first performed in 1980 with Ulay, and why she doesn't like indifference.

Don't miss more of Abramović's iconic performances at the Royal Academy until 1st January: https://roy.ac/m7r339

What did you last see at the theatre? 🎭Ruskin Spear RA lived and worked in west London all his life. In this painting, w...
12/12/2023

What did you last see at the theatre? 🎭

Ruskin Spear RA lived and worked in west London all his life. In this painting, we see his local theatre, the Old Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, as it was in 1943 but from a 1970s perspective.

Ruskin Spear RA, 'The Old Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 1943', 1979. Oil on board. 802 mm x 994 mm x 4 mm. © Royal Academy of Arts. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates Limited.

Rose, age 9, takes us on a midnight walk with this painting 🌙See all the amazing artworks from this year's Young Artists...
10/12/2023

Rose, age 9, takes us on a midnight walk with this painting 🌙

See all the amazing artworks from this year's Young Artists’ Summer Show in the online exhibition: https://roy.ac/4nijye

09/12/2023

"Life is a dream and death is waking up"

First performed by Marina Abramović in 2002, 'N**e with Skeleton' confronts our innate fear of death.

See this thought-provoking work for yourself, reperformed at the RA: https://roy.ac/m7r339

Opening tomorrow 📣 ‘Lubaina Himid RA: ‘Naming the Money’ paper-works’, in our latest free display in the Collection Gall...
08/12/2023

Opening tomorrow 📣 ‘Lubaina Himid RA: ‘Naming the Money’ paper-works’, in our latest free display in the Collection Gallery.

The set of 20 paper-works relate to 'Naming the Money’, Himid's immersive Turner-prize winning installation, which features 100 life-size cut-out figures. These figures are all allotted one of ten roles, including toy makers, drummers, painters and shoemakers.

The paper-works on display in the Collections Gallery were produced as somewhere between a ‘sketch’ and a ‘pitch’, a way of working out how the cut-outs would look.

Lubaina Himid RA, 'The Map Maker', from the installation ‘Naming the Money’ paperworks, 2004. 45.5 cm x 61 cm. © The Artist. Photo credit: ©Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates Limited

“It is good to draw everything, anything – When you have trained yourself to see a tree truly, you know how to look at t...
05/12/2023

“It is good to draw everything, anything – When you have trained yourself to see a tree truly, you know how to look at the human figure.” – Camille Pissarro

In ‘The Market Stall’, Pissarro handles watercolour, tempera and chalk on a scale and with a panache that has the impact of a painting.

Don’t miss it in our 'Impressionists on Paper’ exhibition – book your tickets: https://roy.ac/6ejela

Camille Pissarro, 'The Market Stall', 1884. Tempera and watercolour over black chalk on board, 61 × 48.3 cm. Lent by Glasgow Life Museums on behalf of Glasgow City Council: from the Burrell Collection with the approval of the Burrell Trustees, Gifted by Sir William and Constance, Lady Burrell to the City of Glasgow, 1944. Photo: © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

Winter is coming ❄️🌲Thanks to Mila, age 7, for this serene snowy scene!Mila's drawing was selected for this year’s Young...
03/12/2023

Winter is coming ❄️🌲

Thanks to Mila, age 7, for this serene snowy scene!

Mila's drawing was selected for this year’s Young Artists’ Summer Show. The display is now closed but the exhibition continues online: https://roy.ac/4nijye

On this early December morning, we feel like taking a walk in Greenwich Park to the Royal Observatory, where time begins...
02/12/2023

On this early December morning, we feel like taking a walk in Greenwich Park to the Royal Observatory, where time begins! 🌳🔭

Mick Armson, ‘Meridian – Connecting Space and Time’, print from the 2023 Summer Exhibition

Happy Birthday to the incomparable Marina Abramović! ✨📷: © Royal Academy of Arts, London / David Parry
30/11/2023

Happy Birthday to the incomparable Marina Abramović! ✨

📷: © Royal Academy of Arts, London / David Parry

When was the last time you were surrounded by trees? 🍁This painting by Constant Troyon evokes the Forest of Fontaineblea...
27/11/2023

When was the last time you were surrounded by trees? 🍁

This painting by Constant Troyon evokes the Forest of Fontainebleau, outside Paris, which had become both a working forest and a tourist destination. Troyon was one of a generation of French painters who found inspiration there.

Constant Troyon, ‘The Woodcutters’, late 1840s. Oil on canvas. 927 mm x 743 mm x 20 mm. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: John Hammond.

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