RA
RA denotes 'Royal Academicians' of the British Royal Academy, which is British independent fine arts institution which supports contemporary artists and promotes interest in the arts through a comprehensive and ambitious exhibition programme.

The Royal Academy is autonomous, politically independent and self-funding and is supported by private sponsorship.

The Royal Academy is governed by the Royal Academicians, who are all eminent practising painters, printmakers, sculptors and architects. There are 80 Academicians, who are elected to one of the following categories: painting, sculpture and architecture. Membership is open to any artist who is professionally active in the United Kingdom.

The Royal Academy was founded in 1768 with Sir Joshua Reynolds as first President.

Its Summer Exhibition of contemporary art has been held every year since 1769. The Academy is based in Burlington House, a listed building in the West End of London. The Irish equivelent body is the Royal Hibernian Academy.

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