The Royal Academy of Arts is a London institution of art. It was founded by King George III in 1768 to promote British art and design through education and exhibition. Since its founding it has been a privately-funded venture run by some of the country’s best artists and architects. Founding members included Thomas Gainsborough, Mary Moser and Sir Joshua Reynolds, who was the Academy’s first President.
The first exhibition held at the Royal Academy was in summer 1769 – the Summer Exhibition has been held every year since. The school of the Royal Academy has always offered free tuition taught by eminent artists, and has produced some of Britain’s most well-known talents such as Constable and Turner. Sixty students are currently taught on the three-year postgraduate course.