The Royal Academy of Arts’ annual Summer Exhibition heralds the start of the British Summer season. For 247 years it has provided a platform for emerging and established artists alike to share their works with generation upon generation of visitors to the Royal Academy. It was this longevity, coupled with the Academy’s seemingly limitless creativity, that captured our imagination exactly a decade ago. Much has changed over the past decade and much more has changed over the past 247 years, but committed partnerships endure. As we celebrate ten years as lead sponsor of this inspiring showcase of artistic expression, we hope you will share our enthusiasm for the vibrant contribution it makes to the cultural life of the nation.