The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) has a unique position as an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects. Its purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate. The Academy was founded by a group of 36 artists and architects, including its first president Sir Joshua Reynolds, who were determined to achieve professional standing for British art and architecture. They opened Britain's first art school - still a major part of the campus - and inaugurated an annual exhibition that continues to draw leading artists from all over the world.
On its 250th anniversary in 2018, the New RA opened its doors following a major redevelopment. New spaces include the state-of-the-art Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries which provide a third suite of galleries for temporary exhibitions, and the magnificent new Royal Academy Collection Gallery. The redevelopment created 70% more public space in all, with galleries dedicated to architecture, site-specific installations, free displays and the work of RA students. A permanent new lecture theatre and learning centre offer an extensive public events programme.
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