The Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts (“RA”) was founded in 1768 following royal assent by George III, by a number of artists and architects who were looking to “establish a society for promoting the Arts of Design”.  The aim was to establish a school of art through which their skills and knowledge could be passed to future generations of artists.

Today, based at Burlington House, Piccadilly, the RA remains committed to its original mission statement and sets itself apart from other institutions because:

  • The RA is an Academy — Academies have much in common with museums and other galleries, the RA has a broader role – to promote not just the appreciation and understanding of art, but also its practice.
  • It is artist-led — The RA’s artists represent many different perspectives, but all share a deep commitment to art and a strong belief in the contribution that artists make to the world.
  • The RA is an independent charity — Unlike many of its peers the RA does not receive revenue funding from government and so is reliant upon the support of visitors, donors, sponsors, and the loyal Friends of the Royal Academy to continue the work.