The RSA was founded in 1754 as The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, or the shorter name The Royal Society of Arts. It was given a Royal Charter in 1847, and the right to use royal in the title by King Edward VII in 1908. This has given it prestigious merit and attracted many noteable members from around the globe, Charles Dickens, Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx and Stephen hawking, just to name a few.
Over their 260 year period it has been their goal improve society through the medium of art “The mission of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is to enrich society through ideas and action.” This is achieved the the use of research, promotion and competitions. All of which help to “strengthen, empower and mobilise” society in tackling many social issues we face today.
Currently they are working on three key themes: Public Services & Communities, Creative Learning & Development and Economy, Enterprise & Manufacturing. Within these three groups they are broken down even further into there respective category’s and goals.
Public Services & Communities:
Creative Learning & development:
Economy, Enterprise & Manufacturing:
Within the RSA, exists the Student Design Awards, an annual, global, competition aimed at students and graduates of higher education. The main goal of the competition is to “empower a generation of savvy, employable designers who understand the potential of design to benefit society.” This is done by challenging students students to think outside the box when tackling briefs based on real world problems. Currently they are running twelve different briefs, aimed at many different art mediums, these briefs range from sustainable living to medicine in Africa and from the economy to healthy living. With this wide variety of options from students to choose from, it makes it possible for any aspiring young artists to achieve the recognition they deserve.