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At the heart of Mayfair’s Piccadilly is the spectacular Royal Academy of Arts, an academy and exhibition space that’s been independently run and privately funded by artists for over 250 years. It’s known for its annual Summer Exhibition, an open-submission exhibition showcasing pioneering, vital works from contemporary artists. The RA also hosts an impressive permanent collection, boasting works from the likes of Angelica Kauffman, Dame Laura Knight and Tracey Emin. An institution that has shaped ideas and facilitated conversation about the visual arts since 1768, the RA continues to be at the cutting edge of Britain’s art world to this day.