A spokesman for the RA, whose latest show, Sensation, opens next week and will include some works by Hirst, 33 said: "He has not been offered a Royal Academicianship either informally or formally by anyone at the Royal Academy."
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The Royal Academy last night denied having offered membership to the artist Damien Hirst, (left) who had claimed that he had turned it down, denouncing the august body as a "big, fat, stuffy institution".