Everything you’ll see at the Summer Exhibition represents what is happening in the art world right now. New and recent art created by everyone from emerging artists to the biggest names in contemporary art and architecture.
The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show. Now in its 249th year, the Summer Exhibition provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase works across painting and printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture and film.
The Summer Exhibition attracts a high volume of entrants annually, with 12,000 entries received in the 2016 show.
Please note that the Royal Academy will be closed all day on 19 June 2017 for a private event.
All ticket prices include £3.50 for a printed list of works.
13 June — 20 August 2017
Saturday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm
Main Galleries, Burlington House
£15.50 (without donation £14). Concessions available. Friends of the RA, and under 16s when with a fee-paying adult, go free.Book now
Entry to the Summer Exhibition 2017 has now closed
For the first round of the selection process, artists are asked to submit digital photographs of their work online. For the next stage of the application process, judges will shortlist up to 4,000 entries to be delivered to the Academy for a second round.
Each year, we accept 12,000 entries, which is in line with the upper limit of submissions we’ve received in previous years. Submissions have now closed for 2017. If you have already purchased entry, you have until 15 February to submit your artwork.
Summer Exhibition Preview Party 2017
Wednesday 7 June 2017
Be the first to view and buy works at the world-famous Summer Exhibition and enjoy a glamorous evening of champagne and canapés in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Academy.
The purpose of the Summer Exhibition, which was set up in 1768, is to raise funds to support the Royal Academy Schools, Britain’s first art school. Help us continue this tradition by supporting the Summer Exhibition Preview Party.