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There will be no dead animals or close-up videos of bodily orifices in the final-year show for post-graduates at Britain's oldest surviving training school for artists when the exhibition opens today. But students at the Royal Academy Schools in Piccadilly, central London - known as a bastion of tradition - are more than happy to face comparison with their trendier rivals the Royal College of Art or Goldsmiths'.

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Age: the first Summer Exhibition was in 1769, a year after the Royal Academy's foundation, and the show has been held annually ever since, even during the wars.

Kitaj causes pounds 1m stir at Royal Academy show

Brilliant splashes of colour and exquisitely-executed black and white prints jostled side by side as the critics got the first glimpse of the 229th Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy in London, yesterday.

100 firefighters save Royal Academy artworks

Hundreds of Old Master paintings worth millions of pounds were moved to safety by a human chain of firefighters last night after fire broke out in the Royal Academy in London.

Royal Academy swindler jailed

A former bursar at the Royal Academy of Arts who stole nearly pounds 400,000 from the cash-strapped institution in an attempt to "buy his wife's love" after she discovered he had been unfaithful to her, was jailed for five years yesterday.

Reviews: Correction


Letter: Trustees failed Royal Academy

Sir: It is understandable that the Royal Academy's secretary, David Gordon, should seek to play down the magnitude of the institution's recently disclosed financial and managerial predicament. But David Lister's impression ("Why Monet was the root of art evil", 16 December) that help might be coming from the Academy's "multi-millionaire trustees" is surely misplaced: had such support been available, it would not have been necessary, in the first place, to take and use as revenue pounds 1m of trust funds earmarked for capital projects.

Letter: Artful dodge

Artful dodge

RA draws back from sell-off

Senior artists last night postponed a decision on reforms to alleviate the pounds 3m financial crisis at the Royal Academy, writes David Lister.


Thank you for sending in so many requests for free tickets to the Royal Academy's Living Bridges exhibition; these are on their way to the first 25 envelopes opened. I am sorry to disappoint the rest of you. The exhibition continues until 18 December and is well worth a visit.

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