Held without interruption since 1769, the Summer Exhibition will be held this year between 13th June and 21st August. The Royal Academy of Arts is at Burlington House, Piccadilly. Being now the largest open submission exhibition in the world, it is a showcase for art of all styles and media including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and film. This must-see exhibition is a unique window onto all areas of the contemporary art world.
The gallery exists to promote art and artists and opens its doors to anyone who considers themselves an artist. This allows them to have their work judged by their peers. All the artists share a deep held belief in the contribution that artists make to the world.
The works on display are selected and hung by Royal Academicians, and entry is open to all artists. In previous years, nearly two thirds of the exhibits were by non-Academicians. Everything you will see at the Summer Exhibition represents what is happening in the art world right now. New and recent art created by everyone from emerging artists to the biggest names in contemporary art and architecture.
At one time the show was known simply as ‘The Exhibition’, where the likes of Gainsborough and Reynolds, Turner and Constable sharpened their skills against each other. Nowadays, although there’s a plethora of art fairs, commercial galleries and contemporary exhibitions to choose from, the galleries at Burlington House still make an unrivalled setting for artists to display and sell their artworks. Many of the pieces on display are for sale, and can range in price from under £100 for a limited edition print, to thousands for major oils and sculptures.
Regarding refreshments, there is a choice of the RA Grand Cafe or The Keeper’s House for a mid exhibition break.
For more information go to https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/summer-exhibition-2016
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