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Royal Academy of Arts

Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD


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ADDRESS:Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD

MAP:See Royal Academy of Arts on a map

TELEPHONE:020 7300 8000

NEAREST
STATION:
Piccadilly Circus


LINK:www.royalacademy.org.uk



ABOUT: The Royal Academy of Art was founded in 1768 to promote the fine Arts in Britain. Sir Joshua Reynolds was appointed the first president. The Royal Academy of Art moved to Somerset House in 1780 and held an annual exhibition for living artists, the first such exhibition in England. The Academy moved to Burlington Road in 1868 and in the following years studios, a lecture hall and thirteen galleries were added. In 1983 the galleries and much on the lower floor was extensively restored. The diploma galleries were converted in 1991by Norman Foster- the new area is known as the Sackler Wing. The temporary shows exhibited at the RA are the most popular of any gallery in the UK. This means that visitors are required to purchase time allocated tickets in advance for exhibits. The RA generally has two separate exhibitions running at any one time, one in the Sackler Wing and another in the main exhibition hall. Annually the Royal Academy of Arts hosts a Summer Exhibition. The summer exhibition is open to any artist whose work can be safely displayed within the building. There can be as many as a thousand pieces of Art on display during the summer exhibition. The RA runs free lunchtime tours and also boasts an extensive permanent collection including pieces by Michelangelo, Gainsborough and David Hockney.



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What's On

Starts on
Jun
9
Mon
Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2014
Time: Saturday-Thursday: 10am-6pm Friday: 10am-10pm
Admission: Adults: 10 Aged 60 and over: 9 Students (NUS): 8 Children 12-18 years/Income Support/unwaged: 6 Under 12 years: free
Location: Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London



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