The Royal Academy<> Summer Exhibition is renowned for its chaotic, non-hierarchical ‘Salon Hang’, glamorous visitors and flourishing emerging arts scene. Originally quite a traditional affair – the Summer Exhibition has been running annually since 1796 – it is today the world’s biggest open submission art show, attracting an overwhelming number of entrants each year. The result is a heady concoction of classic and contemporary, with painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and film sharing wall and floor space.
With the Royal Academy set to celebrate its 250th anniversary in majestic style later this year, the 2018 edition is set to be bigger and better than ever.
Distinguished academician Eileen Cooper was 2017’s guest curator. Tackling the provocative theme of ‘Welcome’, it may well have been the most eclectic Summer Exhibition yet. However, with Grayson Perry at the helm of the 250th anniversary edition, anticipation and expectations are running high.
The Summer Exhibition is always a completely different experience to any other show in London. It requires time and effort, and a lot of stamina, if you want to sidestep the hoarding crowds and bypass the mass of mediocre works on display. That said, it does also provide an unparalleled opportunity to discover emerging talent and pick up works by lesser-known and non-commercial artists.
As always, the majority of the artworks in the Summer Exhibition are for sale, in some cases for fairly affordable prices (the cheapest work in the 2017 edition was under £100). So, it’s the perfect opportunity for both new and seasoned collectors to expand on a multi-disciplinary art collection.
We can’t wait to see what Grayson Perry will do with the country’s most established, dare we say, conventional exhibition.
________________________________ WHAT Summer Exhibition 2018, Royal Academy WHERE Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD <> | MAP<> NEAREST TUBE Green Park (underground) WHEN 12 Jun 18 – 19 Aug 18, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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