(radio) The Company of Artists: The Origins of the Royal Academy: Charles Saumarez Smith, Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts, speaks about the creation of the Royal Academy in 1768. He reveals the strong personalities involved, the rivalries and intrigues that divided them, the competing ideas about the teaching and exhibition of art, and the problems of governance that forged the Royal Academy, and continue to reverberate within it today, some 250 years later.



(radio) In Business: Corporations and the Arts. Who pays for the arts, who should pay for the arts? In the UK, there is controversy about corporate sponsorship of arts organisations – particularly oil companies. In the US, there is a very different approach and state funding is much lower. Andrew Dickson examines the funding models and speaks to BP as well as a number of leading arts organisations.
BBC Radio 4, 22 December 2016

(tv) Dr Charles Saumarez Smith and Sue Hubbard discuss digital reproduction of original works on art in the wake of a recreation of a stolen Caravaggio.
Sky News Tonight, 27 January 2016

(radio) The Big Interview: The secretary and chief executive of the Royal Academy of Arts in London sits down with Robert Bound to discuss getting up early, overseeing blockbuster exhibitions and how to survive in a world of high-profile art fairs and state-funded institutions.
Monocle Radio, 24 January 2016, Episode 25


(video) Merry Christmas From The Royal Academy of Arts
18 December 2013


(video) Henry Coleman: “A Greater Order”. In this short film, the first in an expanding series, the RA’s Secretary and Chief Executive speaks about the forthcoming plans to transform the Royal Academy by architect David Chipperfield RA.

(radio) Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler. Adventuring comedian Tim FitzHigham recreates an 18th century bet; can he walk from London’s Royal Academy to the Royal Exchange building while blindfolded in under one hour?
BBC Four, 1 April 2015, 6.30pm

(video) Kirsty Wark chairs a special one-off edition of the lively and provocative debate show. A panel of leading creative people answer questions from the audience about the challenges, opportunities, failings and future of the arts in the UK.
BBC Four, 1 March 2015, 9pm

(tv) Dr Charles Saumarez Smith (Chief Executive of Royal Academy of Arts and former director of the National and National Portrait Galleries) and Estelle Lovatt (art critic) discuss the decline in art gallery domestic visitor numbers.
Sky News, 19 February 2015

(tv) Dr Charles Saumarez Smith (Chief Executive Royal Academy of Arts), Sir William Sargent (Chief Executive & Founder of Framestore) and John Mathers (Chief Executive Design Council) discuss the UK’s creative & design industry worth £76.9bn per year to the British Economy.
Sky News Tonight, 13 January 2015

(radio) Today show, a live discussion on curating Old Master artworks with Betsy Wiseman.
BBC Radio 4, 8 January 2015, 2hours 47 minutes into the programme.


(video) Jonas Burgert in conversation with Charles Saumarez Smith at Blain|Southern, 21st November 2014

(radio) Today show, discussing BBC pledge to remake Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation for a digital age.
BBC Radio 4, 29 March 2014, 1hour 52 minutes into the programme.

(radio) Michael Cathcart speaks with Charles Saumarez Smith ‘The Royal Academy comes to Bendigo’
ABC Radio, Books and Arts Daily, Wednesday 26 February, 10am

(radio) Sedge Thomson’s West Coast Live
WCL, 1 February 2014


(video) A Christmas Thank You From The RA
Keeper’s House Website, 18 December 2013

(radio) Sian Williams and Richard Coles meet Charles Saumarez Smith of the Royal Academy of Arts
BBC Radio4, Saturday 27 July 2013

(video) Hello World: Alice Rawsthorn and Charles Saumarez Smith
Charleston Trust, 20 May 2013


(video) The Royal Academy of Art; Past, Present and Future
BACC, 24 April 2012

(video) Distinguished Speaker Series ‘The Future of Museums’
NHB Academy, 7 June 2012

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(video) Europe After the Reign. ‘All the signs are that Europe’s economic dominance is over, as Asia continues its rise. Will Europe’s global cultural influence decline as a consequence?’
The Institute of Art and Ideas
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(video) Rodney Fitch CBE in conversation with Deborah Dawton, Dr Charles Saumarez Smith CBE and Matthew Taylor
Arts London CSM, 6 April 2010


(video) The Institutionalisation of the Arts in Early Victorian England
Institution of Education, Wednesday, 11 November 2009

(video) Culture experts debate WKCD
SCMP, 18 April 2009