The Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition


Almost 250 years since its conception, the galleries of The Royal Academy of Art are transformed for this years Summer Exhibition with keeper of the Academy Eileen Cooper choosing to celebrate work that stretches the boundaries of what art can be.


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Welcomed by Yinka Shonibare’s astounding Wing Sculpture Six which dominates the courtyard in blue orange and green, expect work to wow within, with humor, showmanship, drama, the macabre and fantastical.


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‘Everything you’ll see at the Summer Exhibition represents the art being made today. Expect to find a panorama of art in all media, from painting, printmaking, film and photography to sculpture, architectural works and performance art.’


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With over 12500 digital entries and over 1200 works on display the show is the largest open-submission exhibition in the world and aims to embrace the diverse nature of culture today with performance, installation, light art, sculpture, painting, mixed media and more…


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 ‘We’ve achieved a more inclusive and diverse showing than ever before’ Eileen Cooper


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With almost everything on sale, works by lesser-known artists begin at few hundred pounds, while pieces by big name including  Tracey Emin, Anish Kapoor and Hassan Hajjaj escalate to bank blowing sums. The launch party hosted an abundance of famous faces - including girl after our own heart Model Daisy Lowe, who was on the hunt for art that moved her - and saw many red dots appearing on pieces throughout the exhibition.


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Check out this video for a sneak peek of what’s inside, and head over to Burlington House to experience this celebration of talent and endeavor first hand. The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition is open now, and will run until 20th August. 




Images and video courtesy of The Royal Academy of Art