This summer, Grayson Perry RA coordinates the biggest, brightest and most colourful Summer Exhibition yet, in our 250th annual celebration of “art made now”.
Each summer, our galleries are jam-packed with contemporary art made by artists from all walks of life. A world-famous show unlike any other, the Summer Exhibition draws together works by internationally renowned artists, exciting new talent and first-time exhibitors.
In its 250th year, the show will be the cultural highlight of the season, spilling out of the RA and onto the streets of London’s West End. An art extravaganza, there’ll be a monumental sculpture in our courtyard and artworks in an array of mediums throughout our galleries, all handpicked by a committee led by Grayson Perry RA. With over 1,200 works on display, you’ll see art you love, art you hate, art that leaves you thinking and art that simply puts a smile on your face.
Come along with a sketchbook on a quiet Monday morning, have a drink with your friends in the galleries on a Friday night, bring the family to our free weekend festival or join our biggest ever RA Late in full fancy dress. There are plenty of ways to take part in this joyous celebration of art.
As always, most of the art is for sale and purchases help raise money for the non-profit making areas of the Academy, including the Royal Academy Schools.
12 June — 19 August 2018
Main Galleries, The Sackler Wing of Galleries and The Ronald and Rita McAulay Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts
£18 (without donation £16). Concessions available. Under-16s go free with a fee-paying adult. Free for Friends of the RA with no booking required.Book now
The Summer Exhibition 2018 selection and hanging committee
Coordinated by Grayson Perry RA
The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2018 will be coordinated by Grayson Perry RA. The hanging committee for the Summer Exhibition includes Royal Academicians Allen Jones, Chris Orr, Christopher Le Brun, Conrad Shawcross, Cornelia Parker, David Mach, Emma Stibbon, Humphrey Ocean, Phyllida Barlow, Piers Gough and Tom Phillips.
Summer Exhibition Edits
June, July & August 2018
Join us for a series of special tours with learning partners such as The Abbey Centre and Westminster Special Schools exploring their ‘edit’ of this year’s Summer Exhibition.
Every year, our Summer Exhibition Edit programme invites guests to select five works in this year’s Summer Exhibition that intrigue them the most. This year we invite Learning and Community partners to curate an edit of five works that have captured their imagination.
Each tour lasts approximately 30 minutes. Selected days, Main Galleries, 3–3.30pm
More details coming soon.
To celebrate our 250th birthday in 2018, we are offering limited edition memberships – giving you the opportunity to get closer to the New Royal Academy of Arts and our expanded programme.