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Review : The RA Schools Show at RA Schools Studios – 12th to 28th June 2015


The RA Schools Show is the annual exhibition of works by final year students at the historic Royal Academy Schools, the first art school in Britain. The RA Schools was founded in 1769, and  are unique in offering the only three-year postgraduate programme in Europe. Perhaps more unusually,there are no fees and there is no curriculum but they centre the course around the specific needs of each individual artist. The RA Schools are partly supported by funds raised by the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and are located within the Royal Academy complex behind Burlington Arcade.


The RA Schools Show offers rare opportunity for visitors to walk around the historical RA Schools studios which are normally hidden from public view. The show itself showcase the talents of the next generation of artists, with exhibits including painting, sculpture, video, installation, photography and live installations.


Many famous artists have studied at RA Schools including  J. M. W. Turner, John Soane, Thomas Rowlandson, William Blake, Thomas Lawrence, John Constable,  David Wilkie, William Etty and Edwin Landseer. More recently the Schools have taught Matthew Darbyshire, Anthony Caro and Rachel Champion.


Following these illustrious predecessors are this years class of 2015 which includes Caroline Abbotts, Rebecca Ackroyd, Victoria Adam, Matt Ager, Sofie Alsbo, Hannah Bays, Josie Cockram, Henry Coleman, Adam Collier, Ziggy Grudzinkskas, Declan Jenkins, Maria de Lima, Evelyn O’Connor, Laurence Owen, Max Prus, Sean Steadman and Joel Wyllie.


Each student offers their own particular vision of contemporary art with a diversity of approaches, media and materials, including woodcut prints, paintings,ceramics, sculptures and live installations.

Walking around the labyrinth of the studios is an experience in itself with each room offering a self contained display, a map is provided to navigate the studios and the corridors which are full of old sculptures and all kinds of weird and wonderful objects.


Many of the students have created their own particular narratives that offer a complex array of ideas and objects, there is plenty of interest and for anyone interested in collecting contemporary art, many of the works are for sale.


The RA Schools is a fascinating place and the RA Schools Show is an ideal opportunity to explore the historic yet very modern space, it is also a opportuniy to consider the work of the class of 2015 and consider whether they will the famous artists of the future.

Admission is free

Opening Times

10am – 6pm daily

10am –  10pm on Fridays.

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