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A dramatic new sculpture has landed

If you’ve been past the RA recently, you might have noticed a new artwork being installed in our courtyard. Created by artist Nicola Turner, take a peek at this multi-media sculpture ahead of the Summer Exhibition which opens to Friends this weekend.

Plus – as if you needed another reason to visit – we’re now serving ice cream in the Courtyard Café (come sunshine or showers!).

Plan your summer visit and see what’s on below. 


What’s on this summer

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‘Angelica Kauffman’

It’s your last chance to see our Angelica Kauffman exhibition. Discover one of the most celebrated artists of the 18th century and learn how she reinvented history painting by focusing on female protagonists.

Must close 30 June 2024


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Summer Exhibition 2024

Spend the day exploring over 1,200 fabulous works of art by famous artists and members of the public – it’s the perfect day out for art lovers.

18 June – 18 August


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‘In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine, 1900–1930s’

Marvel at groundbreaking modernist art made in Ukraine between 1900 and the 1930s in the most comprehensive UK exhibition about Ukrainian modern art to date.

29 June – 13 October. See it first on Friends preview days 26, 27 and 28 June


Refuel after your visit

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Friday evenings in the Sir Hugh Casson Room

Enjoy a complimentary canapé when you order a glass of sparkling wine in the Sir Hugh Casson Room. From mixed mushroom tartlets to coppa crostinis, join us one Friday this summer.

Available every Friday from 6–9pm.


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Enjoy ice cream at the Courtyard Café

Treat yourself to our soft-serve ice cream at the Courtyard Café. Choose from classic vanilla, chocolate and salted caramel or strawberry and cream.

Vegan options available in the RA Café.


From the RA Shop

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Summer Hosting

Colour your home the RA way with our new hosting edit, featuring special guests Grayson Perry, Mary Fedden, David Hockney and more. Set an artful tablescape with selected ceramics, summer-inspired textiles and recipe books, and backdrop the party season with our exclusive range of prints and posters.

Explore brand new events

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Friday evening life drawing: restaging Kauffman

Bring Angelica Kauffman’s paintings to life in this Friday evening drawing class.

In person event
Friday 28 June, 6.30–8pm 

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Changemakers: Rachel Whiteread

Join Rachel Whiteread, one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists and the first woman to win the Turner Prize, as she discusses her monumental practice and career.

In person & online event
Wednesday 19 June, 6.30–7.45pm

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