The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2022

Wednesday 23rd February 2022 3:56 pm posted in What's On

“The world’s most joyful art exhibition is back. From icons to the up-and-coming, find the art you love from over 1,300 works selected by coordinator Yinka Shonibare and a panel of artists, under the theme of ‘Reclaiming Magic’.”

254 years ago, founding members of the Royal Academy decided to hold a summer exhibition showcasing “Paintings, Sculptures and Designs … open to all Artists”.

The Summer Exhibition became an annual event with the proceeds being used to support student artists where the likes of Gainsborough and Reynolds, Turner and Constable sharpened their skills against each other.

Today, the exhibition is one of the largest in the world, displaying over 1,200 works by established as well as lesser known artists all hoping to receive some of the £50,000 prize money available for stand-out works.

This summer, 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.”

Located in the heart of Piccadilly in Burlington House, The Royal Academy’s summer exhibition is a highlight of the summer season in London with the 247th drawing almost 250,000 visitors to the many galleries inside. This year, the exhibition is open until 2nd January 2022 with tickets available to book from here.