The Royal Academy of Arts occupies Burlington House – one of the few remaining Piccadilly mansions. It was built for the Earl of Burlington in 1768, and sold to the British Government in 1854. It was then leased to the Royal Academy and became the country’s very first art school.
The Royal Academy
The Royal Academy is made up of eighty academics, elected to one of the following three disciplines: painting, sculpture or architecture. Each member is also obliged to donate a piece of their own work to the collection, so the walls are swelled with works by Turner, Gainsborough, Chambers and West.
The Summer Exhibition has been held at the Royal Academy of Arts every year since 1769. This annual event is staged in June, July and August, and is open to all aspiring artists. Everyone is free to submit a picture, and the best get hung upon the gallery walls.
Guest – “How much does it cost to enter the gallery.”
Admin – “If you do a tour of the john madejski fine rooms tour then it's free, but they usually only run once a day on Thu, Fri, Sat. If you go any another time then you'll have to pay to enter one of their temporary exhibitions. The price changes for those. It's usually about £20.”
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