Get ready to discover your new favourite artist as we head into a summer of colour at the RA. From painting to installation art, you’ll find it all at the Summer Exhibition.
“The Summer Exhibition has never looked so impressive"; – The Times
“A bastion of the English cultural summer” – The Telegraph
“It’s the best Summer Exhibition I have seen” – Evening Standard
For 247 years, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition has offered a snapshot of contemporary art – and this year’s exhibition is a riot of colour, variety and discovery with over 1,100 works spilling out from our galleries.
In the courtyard, visitors are confronted by a towering formation of steel ‘clouds’, created by Royal Academician Conrad Shawcross, before Jim Lambie’s kaleidoscopic stairs lead up to the Main Galleries.
This year, the exhibition is coordinated by Michael Craig-Martin RA – a leading artist of his generation and the teacher who nurtured the talents of Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst. His distinctive creative vision has resulted in room after room bursting with variety, colour and remarkable new work by leading and emerging artists – all handpicked from over 12,000 entries.
The Summer Exhibition is the world’s oldest open-submission exhibition: its earliest exhibitors included the likes of Reynolds, Constable and Turner. With many works in the exhibition on sale, the show also gives you a chance to own some original art while supporting the historic Royal Academy schools; artwork sales help us to continue the free tuition that we have offered for nearly 250 years.
With everything from painting, printmaking and sculpture through to installation, photography and film, this is a show unlike any other. We hope you’ll join us for a vibrant summer of colour.
8 June — 16 August 2015
Saturday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm
From 6 July to 14 September 2015, the main lift in Burlington House will be unavailable for use due to repair work. Alternative and level accessible routes will be made available.
Plan your visit.
Main Galleries, Burlington House
£13.50 (without donation £12). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free. FINAL DAYS: If online tickets are unavailable for your chosen timeslot, you can buy tickets in person at the RA. Please note that queues may form at peak times.Book now
Summer Exhibition Explorer
View all the works online
For the first time this year, the Summer Exhibition’s list of works is available online. You now have access to browse, collect and share your favourites on social media, or enjoy online guided tours with figures from across the arts, including a number of Royal Academicians – the artists who curate the exhibition.
The Summer Exhibition is about artists' generosity and democracy. No other gallery in the world tries to do what the RA does - open its doors to everyone who thinks of themselves as an artist, to have their work judged by their peers.
Bob and Roberta Smith RA