Venue Hire

The Royal College of Art galleries are available to hire for external exhibitions and events.

The Royal College of Art is one of the world’s best known postgraduate art and design universities, situated in Kensington (SW7) and Battersea (SW11). These prime locations make the College easily accessible by both bus and underground (see Maps & Visiting for full details).

Our Kensington site is next to the world renowned Royal Albert Hall and opposite Kensington Gardens. Designed in the early 1960s by modernist master HT Cadbury-Brown (1913–2009), the Grade-II listed building has been praised as, ‘an extraordinary building contextually that respects the Victorian buildings around it’.

Our Battersea site is located on Battersea Bridge Road and boasts spectacular views of the river Thames.

The galleries consist of four exhibition spaces: the Entrance Gallery, the Link Gallery, the River Foyer and Senior Common Room. The College also has two fully equipped lecture theatres available for hire – Lecture Theatre One (Kensington) and the Dyson Lecture Theatre (Battersea). In addition, the exclusive Senior Common Room, which houses part of the College’s famous collection of art, provides an ideal venue for private receptions, dinners, book launches or weddings.

These spaces are available together or individually, and are a ‘blank canvas’ that can easily be reconfigured to suit any event.

Revenue from events represents a vital contribution to the College’s Student Fund, which exists to support future generations of artists and designers.

All enquiries should be addressed to the Events & Exhibitions office.

Please also refer to our Freedom of Speech and Meetings or Other Activities on College Premises (Code of Practice).

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RCA Venues


  • Events & Exhibitions
    Royal College of Art
    Kensington Gore
    London SW7 2EU

  • +44 (0)20 7590 4118