Royal Academy

The New RA. © Justine Trickett.

Summer Festival

Saturday 30 June – Sunday 1 July


As part of Mayfair Art Weekend, the RA hosts a weekend-long festival, celebrating the area as a unique arts district and vibrant hub of creativity and craftsmanship.


The newly redeveloped Burlington Gardens, plays host to a free weekend-long arts festival of performance, installations, DJs, creative activities and immersive experiences, programmed by UAL student curators.


Join us in the beautiful surroundings of the RA Courtyard for street food, cocktail bars, family workshops, drop-in talks, tours and information about the Mayfair Art Weekend programme.



D i s s e c t i o n s

UAL arts festival takeover in Burlington Gardens


Sat 30 June – Sun 1 July (12noon – 6pm)


Using the RA’s Collection as a starting point, UAL student curators will take over the RA’s newly redeveloped Burlington Gardens spaces to programme D i  s s e c t i o n s – a festival of art, film, music and performances. From the examination of the body through anatomical drawings, to the scientific techniques of 19th century colour mixing or architectural casts, the process of dissection reveals much about the processes of creating art while exposing the human form. 


Willow bee family sculpture workshop

Saturday 30 June

11am – 3pm


Come and join the buzz and make a bee out of willow. Add to the hive in this practical sculpture workshop run by Willowtwisters as we create an RA courtyard perfect for keeping bees safe.


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Family studio: forest in the sky

Sunday 1 July

11am – 3pm


Use light and shadows to project a fantastical forest inspired by Tacita Dean’s Majesty.


Come and draw bending branches and twisted trunks to create your own natural world. Then, form your own canopy by creating cloud sculptures that float up to the sky. Weather permitting, there will be a cyanotype workshop outside in the courtyard.


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Connoisseurship: who painted what, when and how to tell

Two-day short course

Saturday 30 June – Sunday 1 July

10am – 5pm


Renowned art historian and dealer Dr Bendor Grosvenor returns to the Royal Academy of Arts to lead an intensive weekend-long course focusing on connoisseurship – the art of authenticating and dating paintings – relevant for lovers of the arts, collectors and art-world professionals.


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Summer Exhibition Architecture Room with Piers Gough RA


Friday 29 June

7 – 7.30pm


Explore the Summer Exhibition Architecture Room with this year’s curator Piers Gough RA.


In this tour, Gough will discuss his chosen theme for this year’s Architecture Room and works that he finds particularly impressive and intriguing. Join him to discover works by well-known names like Richard Rogers RA and Norman Foster RA as well as emerging talents practising around the world.


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An exclusive private members club for artists and art lovers

The Academicians’ Room


The Academicians’ Room is a place to feel at home; a place to come together in a club setting designed exclusively for members.


The club room in the Keeper’s House began life in 1883 as an architectural gallery, before becoming the favourite haunt of the Academy’s artists as a private members club. The room has now entered a new phase in its rich history, with a fresh look by the renowned Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. Vintage furnishings now create the intimate, bohemian ambience of an artist’s drawing room.


It’s a vibrant and relaxed haven in the heart of Mayfair where members can meet to share ideas and drinks, conversation and food.


Join as a member and enjoy the company of this special artistic community – it’s an extraordinary and welcoming community to be part of. 


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