Following last year’s record-breaking 250th Summer Exhibition, our annual celebration of art and creativity continues in 2019.
Run without interruption since 1769, the Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission art show and brings together art in all mediums – prints and paintings, film, photography, sculpture, architectural works and more – by leading artists, Royal Academicians and household names as well as new and emerging talent.
This year, acclaimed British painter Jock McFadyen RA takes the mantle from Grayson Perry to co-ordinate the 251st Summer Exhibition. Over 1,500 works are on display, most of them for the first time. Highlights include an animal-themed ‘menagerie’ in the Central Hall, with works by artists including Polly Morgan, Charles Avery, Banksy and Mat Collishaw. Artist sisters Jane and Louise Wilson RA have curated two galleries, one of which showcases work exploring light and time. Further artists exhibiting include Jeremy Deller, Marcus Harvey, Tracey Emin RA, Frank Bowling RA, Antony Gormley RA and Honorary Academicians Anselm Kiefer, James Turrell and Wim Wenders.
Outside the galleries, international artist Thomas Houseago has taken over the RA’s courtyard with a group of large-scale sculptural works, and the exhibition spills out into nearby Bond Street with a colourful installation of flags featuring work by Michael Craig-Martin RA.
As always, most of the artworks are for sale with proceeds helping to fund the Academy’s non-profit-making activities, including educating the next generation of artists in the RA Schools.
10 June — 12 August 2019
Daily 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm
£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.
Main Galleries and The Ronald and Rita McAulay Gallery, Royal Academy of ArtsBook now
Browse and buy online
Summer Exhibition Explorer
Lions, tigers and bears – the 251st Summer Exhibition is brimming with animals but it also features limited-edition prints, lithographs, watercolours and etchings that you can buy online.
Browse and buy any of the 1,500 works in the show or explore one of our hand-picked selections.
Bring the family!
Children under 16 go free to all our exhibitions, and there’s plenty to see and do once they’re here. If you’re visiting the Summer Exhibition with young children, pick up an Art Detective guide and the door so you can quiz, draw, think and quest your way around the show.
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Summer Exhibition Gin Bar
Sun–Thurs & Sat 12pm–6pm
During the Summer Exhibition, you’ll be able to buy crisp and refreshing gin-based cocktails from one of our pop-up bars. Located in Gallery X (at the back of the RA Shop) and near the lifts, all gallery goers can visit the Summer Exhibition with a drink in hand. Our teams will also be selling cocktails around the gallery from concession trays.