August at the RA

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Summer Exhibition 2017

Final weeks of Summer. Explore it online.

Have you visited Summer Exhibition 2017 yet? There are only a few weeks left to see our annual open-submission show and explore our kaleidoscopic panorama of new and recent art. 

There’s truly something for everyone, and you can view and buy many of the works in the show online with our Summer Exhibition Explorer. With so much to choose from, we have made it a little easier with our hand picked selections.

So whether you’re into photography, bold geometrical patterns or crisp-edged prints, whether you’re an animal-lover or a Londoner at heart, we’ve got something to start your collection. View our Summer Selections.

Summer Exhibition is open until 20 August.  Friends of the RA go free.

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Summer Exhibition is sponsored by Insight Investment

RA Summer Lates  

Celebrate the end of summer at
RA Summer Late: The Other Paradise

17 August, 7pm til late

Enter paradise for our huge end of summer party. Discover mermaid life drawing, tropical disco dancing, an immersive production of Milton’s Paradise Lost plus secret bars, food stalls and much more!

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Matisse in the Studio  

Matisse in the Studio opens this weekend

Where did Henri Matisse get his inspiration? Our latest exhibition reveals the eclectic pieces he surrounded himself with in the intimate space of his studio.

Focusing for the first time on the important role of objects in Matisse’s creative process, we explore how his worldly collection took on new life in his extraordinary art.

5 August – 12 November 2017.

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Hard Hat tours  

Last chance to go behind the scenes
Final RA250 hard hat tours this August

Get a glimpse of how our new spaces for art and debate in Burlington Gardens are taking shape as we prepare for our 250th anniversary in 2018.

These hard hat tours are your last chance to get exclusive access to see our ambitious redevelopment in progress before the big reveal next year.

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David Hockney RA  

Celebrate David Hockney RA's 80th birthday with new videos

“I’ve never been mainstream. Just be yourself”

To celebrate David Hockney RA’s recent 80th birthday, filmmaker Bruno Wollheim has released 80 previously unseen short films made with the artist between 2004–2009.

These short clips take you from the Hollywood Hills to the Yorkshire countryside. Watch now.


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Summer Exhibition 2017

Summer Exhibition

Until 20 August 2017

Sponsored by Insight Investment
Matisse in the Studio

Matisse in the Studio

5 August –

12 November 2017

Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’

23 September –

10 December 2017


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Summer Exhibtion Gallery View

In-gallery talks
Summer Exhibition edits (BSL interpreted)

Friday 18 August,


RA Lates: The Other Paradise

RA Summer Lates

The Other Paradise

Saturday 19 August,


Family events at the RA

Family holiday workshop

Into the Woods

Wednesday 23 August,


Competitions and offers

Win a five-star weekend in London with PAUL the bakery

The prize includes an overnight stay at the five-star Rosewood London in Covent Garden, afternoon tea at PAUL’s restaurant, and an out-of-hours private view of Matisse in the Studio. Enter now.

Win a luxury day and £1,000 shopping spree with L.K.Bennett

Enter our competition to win a £1,000 gift card and personal styling appointment at L.K.Bennett, exhibition entry and the catalogue too! Enter now

Win an art and science package with Winsor and Newton

Win two tickets to The Art and Science of Colour at the Royal Academy of Arts, a personalised Winsor & Newton Series 7 brush, and a signed copy of Composer by Christopher Le Brun, President of Royal Academy. Enter now

RA recommends

Raphael: The Drawings at the Ashmolean until 3 September

Rediscover the restless imagination of Raphael in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of 120 stunning drawings spanning the brief but brilliant career of this Renaissance genius. ★★★★★ "Stunning" – The Times. Find out more.

Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia at The British Museum

Discover the incredible finds that are shedding light on the mysterious Scythians – nomadic tribes and masters of mounted warfare who roamed the vast open plains of Siberia 2,500 years ago. Opens 14 September 2017. Find out more.

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The Summer Exhibition 2017 © Royal Academy of Arts. Photo: David Parry; RA Summer Late © Royal Academy of Arts, photos: Carolina Faruolo and Max Meichowski; Henri Matisse, Yellow Odalisque, 1937. Oil on canvas, 55.2 x 46 cm. Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White Collection, 1967. Photo © Philadelphia Museum of Art  © Succession H. Matisse/DACS 2017; Film still. Courtesy Bruno Wollheim / Coluga Pictures; Summer Exhibition 2017; Henri Matisse, Still Life with Seashell on Black Marble, 1940. Oil on canvas, 54 x 81 cm. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow. Artwork: © Succession H. Matisse/DACS 2017. Photo: Archives H. Matisse, © Succession H. Matisse. Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in partnership with the Musée Matisse, Nice; Dan Budnik, Jasper Johns with Flags, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York (detail), 1958. Photograph © Dan Budnik, All Rights Reserved.