Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, 2017


For 249 years the Royal Academy of Arts has held its Summer Exhibition. Nothing has interrupted this annual event including war, disaster, upheaval and various turmoils. It has become the world’s largest open contemporary art show. The beautiful palace building and wonderful courtyard of the Royal Academy is the setting for the event.



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The Summer Exhibition is the supreme platform for emerging and veteran artists spanning the entire spectrum of artistic media. The works of brilliant newcomers will be rubbing shoulders (figuratively speaking) with such world-renowned names as Anselm Kiefer, Grayson Perry RA and Anish Kapoor RA. The egalitarian aspect alone makes the Summer Exhibition one-of-a-kind and really special.

In 2016, the Academy received more than 12,000 entries. They included works in film, photography, architecture, sculpture, painting, printmaking and a raft of other categories.  The Royal Academy has an expert panel comprising of famous and respected personalities from various artistic disciplines whose job is to whittle down the entries to a manageable 1,000 or so.

Nearly all the works that will be on display are for sale. The academy receives 30% of the purchase price. The funds thus collected go towards sponsoring and promoting the next generation of artists.  The Summer Exhibition provides a huge opportunity for the public to buy works by future big-name artists. It also gives emerging artists a chance to be seen and earn a name for themselves at a venue and scale that cannot be matched anywhere in the world.

In 2017, the Summer provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase works across painting and printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture and film.

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
Date: 13 June — 20 August 2017 – Saturday – Thursday 10am – 6pm and Friday 10am – 10pm
Ticket: £14

There’s always something new to enjoy at the Royal Academy. The institution receives no financial support from the state or crown. You can visit the official website of even to book your ticket.

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