The Royal Academy of Arts is a truly unique organisation - one that remains true to it's origins as a place where art is made, exhibited and debated. Our mission is simple: to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists. Many are surprised to learn that the RA is a charity that receives no revenue funding from the government. We are entirely reliant upon funds from our activities, and on the support of sponsors, donors and our loyal Friends to continue our work.
As a Friend of the RA your support enables:
- The training of the next generation of leading artists through the RA Schools
- The Artists' Laboratory
series, an annual programme of exhibitions providing Royal Academicians with the opportunity to explore new ideas within their artistic practice, whilst enabling the public to experience less familiar aspects of their work.
- The RA to mount the Summer Exhibition
, the worlds largest open submission contemporary art exhibition.
- People of all ages to attend workshops, lectures, talks and symposiums.
Friends Discretionary Trust
Through the Friends Discretionary Trust, the Friends Board of Directors allocate income from Friends membership to support projects within the Royal Academy of Arts and ensure their future.
For 2012 – 2013, the selected projects are: