An explosion of colour in the galleries, drinks in the courtyard and artist-designed flags flying down London’s iconic Piccadilly – it’s summer at the RA.
Summer at the RA is not just a time of year, it’s the world’s most joyful art experience. Run without interruption since 1769, the Summer Exhibition showcases art in all forms, from prints, painting, film and photography, to architectural works and sculpture by invited artists, Royal Academicians and emerging talent.
After two years in winter, it’s back where it should be. The theme chosen by the exhibition’s coordinator, Alison Wilding RA, is ‘Climate’. Whether as a crisis or opportunity, or simply our everyday experience, it is an all-embracing subject.
Whether you’re an experience seeker, a budding art collector or a culture-craving family, we know you’ll find the art for you: the exhibition features two rooms of prints selected by Grayson Perry RA, a structure made of elephant dung bricks, and new work by the Singh Twins. Outside this year is a large-scale immersive installation bringing nature and water to the courtyard, by Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias.
Most of the works are available to buy, and proceeds from the Summer Exhibition directly support the exhibiting artists and the RA’s charitable work, including training the next generation of artists in the Royal Academy Schools.
Our Friends preview days take place on 18 June, 10am-9pm and 19 and 20 June, 10am-6pm.
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This exhibition contains some adult content. Please contact us for more information.
21 June — 21 August 2022
Tickets £20-22 (including donation). Concessions available. For the best experience, book ahead.
Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of ArtsBook now
Buy art from the Summer Exhibition online
Summer Exhibition Explorer
Browse and buy from the almost 1,500 works featured in this year’s show. You can explore edits of prints, painting and photography, or search for your favourite artist.
Pieces start from as little as £25, so there’s no better time to start your own art collection.