May 26th, 2018

Marking 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts. Six brilliant stamps presented by Royal Mail is delighted to announce that Royal Mail has presented six brilliant stamps to mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts (RA). The designs and artworks by artists and Royal Academicians were specially commissioned to create these bright items. 

The stamps comprise Summer Exhibition by Grayson Perry RA, Queen of the Sky by Fiona Rae RA, The Great Sea Stacs by Norman Ackroyd, Inverleith Allotments and Edinburgh Castle by Barbara Rae RA; Queuing at the RA by Yinka Shonibare RA and Saying Goodbye by Tracey Emin RA. 

Each one reflects on their works and the Royal Academy’s most famous exhibition, the Summer Exhibition. It’s been held every year since 1769 without fail. 

In 1768, King George III approved a petition to establish the Royal Academy of Arts. 250 years later, it is still promoting the enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts, as well as giving artists opportunities to have their work seen by the public. 

The Academy hosts the world’s most successful exhibitions, attracting up to one million visitors each year. One of the most famous shows is the annual Summer Exhibition. This bright event attracts thousands of works from the public. It provides both emerging and established artists a unique platform to showcase their work in a variety of mediums. Most works are for sale, giving visitors the opportunity to own original artworks by leading artists of today and tomorrow. 


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