For over 250 years, the RA has existed to champion art and artists. They’re run by the Royal Academicians, artists and architects elected by their peers in recognition of their exceptional work. They’re home to Britain’s longest established art school, the RA Schools. Every year since 1768 they’ve held an annual Summer Exhibition, the largest open-submission art exhibition in the world. They present our collection of art and architecture in free displays throughout their home on Piccadilly. And they put on world-class exhibitions of art from around the world, welcoming hundreds of thousands of people to our galleries each year.