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Summer Exhibition 2021

22 September 2021 — 2 January 2022

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Our annual celebration of art and creativity continues in 2021, with coordinator Yinka Shonibare RA celebrating the joy of creating art through the theme of ‘Reclaiming Magic’.

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Friends preview days will be 19, 20 and 21 September.
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Run without interruption since 1769 – yes, even in 2020 – the Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission art show. It brings together art in all mediums, from prints, paintings, film and photography to sculpture, architectural works and more by leading artists, Royal Academicians and household names as well as new and emerging talent.

Most of the works are available to buy and the Summer Exhibition directly support artists and the RA. Income from the Summer Exhibition helps both the exhibiting artists and the not-for-profit work of the RA.

If art has taught us anything over the past year, it is that it can act as a global symbol of hope, offer individual moments of solace, and create much-needed daily distractions from the enormity of our new situation.

Submit your work to our 2021 judging panel.


22 September 2021 — 2 January 2022

Tues–Sun: 10am–6pm

£20–22. Concessions available. Sign up for email updates on tickets. Everyone, including Friends of the RA members, must book a ticket before arriving.

Main Galleries and The Ronald and Rita McAulay Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts

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