The Annual Summer Exhibition Arrives At The Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition Yinka Shonibare
Yinka Shonibare RA

The world’s most joyful art exhibition is back. From icons to the up-and-coming, you can't fail to find art you love with over 1,300 works selected by coordinator Yinka Shonibare and a panel of artists, under the theme of ‘Reclaiming Magic’.

Held every year without fail, the Summer Exhibition is a celebration of contemporary art and architecture. Anyone can enter their work – leading artists, household names, new and emerging talent – and it provides a platform for the artistic community to showcase what they’re doing.

The annual Summer Exhibition, is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show, now in its 253rd year. It provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their works to an international audience, comprising a range of media from painting, printmaking and photography, to sculpture, architecture and film.

The majority of works on display will be for sale, offering visitors an opportunity to purchase original work. Funds raised support the exhibiting artists, the postgraduate students studying in the RA Schools and the not-for-profit work of the Royal Academy.

'Reclaiming Magic' the theme of the 253rd Summer Exhibition

This year, you’ll find work by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Michael Armitage, Jade Montserrat, Hew Locke, Rita Keegan and Alvaro Barrington, plus work by self-taught artists such as Frantz Lamothe, Bärbel Lange and Marie-Rose Lortet. That’s on top of an Architecture Room curated by David Adjaye RA, an accompanying sound programme, new works by Phyllida Barlow RA, William Kentridge RA and many more, not to mention brilliant art submitted by members of the public. It's the ideal tonic for this Autumn

22 September 2021 - 2 January 2022

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