2007 saw the UK's first-ever A-level Summer Exhibition Online. The pilot exhibition included artwork submitted by A-level students from 30 secondary schools in the Greater London area and was curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, RA Exhibitions Secretary, Alison Wilding RA, sculptor, and Jim Howard, third-year RA Schools student. The exhibition ran concurrently with the Summer Exhibition from 11 June to 19 August 2007.
attRAct curators Jim Howard, Sir Norman Rosenthal, Alison Wilding Amy Woolley
Thirty secondary schools in the boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea, City of London and City of Westminster participated in this exhibition whilst also being involved in a specially designed programme for A-level art students at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Eighty-seven works were short listed from 200 submissions and 34 were curated into the online Summer Exhibition. Expansion of participating schools to other parts of the UK is happening in 2008.
The Royal Academy of Arts is unique among art institutions in that is run by artists and architects. It is a place where art is made, exhibited and sold. The annual Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open-submission contemporary art show, where the RA shows its commitment both to established and emerging artists. With its programme of loan exhibitions, its postgraduate art school on site, and its library and collection, the Royal Academy is a fascinating resource for a new generation of aspiring artists.
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