Summer Exhibition 2020 Launches at the Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition Art in Mayfair

The Royal Academy of Arts is delighted to present this year's Summer Exhibition, for the first time in its long history it is taking place in the autumn, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  At a time when artists have been denied important opportunities to show work, the 252nd Summer Exhibition is a unique celebration of contemporary art and architecture. 

Installations View of the Summer Exhibition 2020 at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photo: Royal Academy of Arts / David Parry

The Summer Exhibition remains the world's largest open submission contemporary art show and has been held every year without interruption since 1769, even throughout the war years.

'I'd walk with you but not with her' by Jane and Louise Wilson RA. Photo: Royal Academy of Arts / David Parry
'Watermelon Bright' by Frank Bowling RA. Photo: Royal Academy of Arts / David Parry

Jane and Louise Wilson RA are co-ordinators of this year's exhibition the first time is has been curated by an artistic duo. Working with the Summer Exhibition committee, they sought to challenge the definition of what community is and what form creative communities can begin to take. Themes this year reflect upon Identity, immigration, contested borders, ecological threat, climate change, pro-democracy protest, and landscape in the form of installations, painting, film, photography and sculpture.

The Summer Exhibition runs from 6th October 2020 to 3rd January 2021, and many of the works are available to browse and buy online through the Summer Exhibition Explorer

'Oh Lord, Won't You Buy Me' by Ron Arad RA. Photo: Royal Academy of Arts / David Parry

Advance booking is essential for everyone and all visitors must have a pre-booked, timed ticket to enter the building. Tickets can be booked ONLINE  or by calling 0207 300 8090.

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