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Art at the British Academy

The British Academy is proud to be the custodian of a rich and varied collection of art. The display of over 100 works include paintings, ceramics, prints, textiles and sculpture. Traditional oils and bronzes complement the historic building, while contemporary art by British artists asserts the modernity of the Academy’s outlook.

Artists and collections

Michelle House

When Michelle House was commissioned to make two wall hangings, her designs were inspired by the building’s architecture.

Carolyn Genders

Carolyn Genders has been making pots for 30 years. Why does she choose to work in clay rather than paint canvases?

Charlotte Hodes

From oils to papercuts, it has taken Charlotte Hodes many years to harness her subject matter.

Andrew Tift

Andrew Tift has drawn portraits of two British Academy Presidents, Lord Nick Stern and Sir Adam Roberts.

Patricia Townsend

On the shores is a video work by Patricia Townsend that relates to Morecambe Bay.

John Golding

John Golding FBA had an international reputation both as a scholar and as a painter.

Lisa Milroy

When Lisa Milroy began painting Japanese ceramics, the experience challenged her in ways she hadn’t expected.

Dorothy Mead

Dorothy Mead’s distinctive approach to painting distinguishes her from other artists of her generation.

Liz Rideal

Liz Rideal’s photograph seductively invites the viewer to collaborate with old artistry in a new way.

Alison Wilding

There is often an endless dialogue of opposites in Alison Wilding’s work, but in Aerial it goes even further.

Ceramics Collection

From John Ward to Kate Malone, the Academy’s ceramic collection includes pieces by inspirational makers.

The British School at Rome

Since 1913, the BSR has been supporting young artists through its extensive programme of Fine Arts awards.

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Studiolo Study by Patrick Hughes

In March 2015 the British Academy took delivery of a new addition to its collection of artworks adorning the walls of 10-11 Carlton House Terrace. The artist Patrick Hughes produced a version of his recent work 'A Study of the Studiolo' for the British Academy.
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The Conservator and Sir Richard Jebb

In December 2015, the British Academy’s portrait of Founding Fellow Sir Richard Jebb underwent some conservation work. The canvas had undulations in the corners of the painting and bulges in the central area of the work.
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Great Thinkers: Dawn Adès FBA on John Golding FBA

John Golding FBA wrote the definitive book on Cubism and staged landmark exhibitions of Matisse and Picasso while also enjoying a successful career as an artist. In this episode, Dawn Ades FBA looks back over his life and enduring impact on modern art.
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More about our art

The art on display at the British Academy has grown from a wide range of sources. A large number of the portraits are on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. Artists have also lent work to the Academy and others, such as Patrick Hughes and Tom Phillips, have made generous gifts. Art collector and Fellow of the British Academy Professor Ray Pahl donated 23 canvases including paintings by Sir Terry Frost. In addition, the Academy has been able to purchase work such as prints by Gillian Ayres, Joe Tilson and John Hoyland, ceramics by David Frith and Carolyn Genders, and textiles by Helen Yardley. These pieces can be seen when attending events held at the Academy or by appointment. 

Archivist: Karen Syrett, k.syrett@thebritishacademy.ac.uk