For over 250 years, the RA has existed to champion art and artists. In 2018, a newly expanded campus was opened, providing more space to make, debate and exhibit art. The Royal Academy is run by the Royal Academicians, artists and architects elected by their peers in recognition of their exceptional work. It is home to Britain’s longest established art school, the RA Schools. Every year since 1768 it has held an annual Summer Exhibition, the largest open-submission art exhibition in the world. The Royal Academy is known for its world-class exhibitions of art from around the world, welcoming hundreds of thousands of people to our galleries each year. The RA also has an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs and historic books. Selected works from the RA Collection can be seen in free displays around the new campus.