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Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is the world's largest open-submission display. Royal Academy was founded in 1768, and the first summer exhibition took place in 1769 and has been taking place ever since. Since then the popularity of the exhibition has soared amongst the art lovers as it drew 150,000 visitors in 2007. It is a platform for meritorious artists to exhibit their works to the public who can submit their piece at a fee of £ 25.

DateMonday 8th June 2009 to Sunday 16th August 2009
DescriptionIn the Main Galleries

The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition is the largest open contemporary art exhibition in the world, drawing together a wide range of new work by both established and unknown living artists. Now in its 240th year, the exhibition includes around 1,200 works and the majority of works are for sale.

Please note
On Monday 16 June the Royal Academy will close to the public at 1pm. On Monday 14 July, the Large and Small Weston Rooms and galleries 1, 2 & 3 in the Summer Exhibition will close at 5pm.
LocationRoyal Academy of Arts
PriceAdults £7
Concessions £6 (seniors, disabled, NADFAS etc)
Students £5
Corporate Guests £5
Income support, unwaged £4
Children 12-18 years old £4
Children 8-11, £3
Under 7 years old free
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Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House Piccadilly
Telephone No.020 7300 8000
020 7300 5615
Opening timesAll year daily 10.00-18.00, Fri until 22.00
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The artworks are chosen for display after passing through an interesting selection procedure performed by a committee which is chaired by practising artists. The purpose is to bring the number of works to be exhibited closer to 2000 after the initial entries of 11,000 submissions. When a group of three Academicians vote for a work, it is awarded a 'D', for doubtful, and passes on to the next round for a more rigourous selection, whilst the ones receiving the 'X' are returned to the artists. 1200 is the final number of exhibits which results from a second round of selection from the 2,500 potential exhibits.

The next step is hanging the exhibition. The displaying of the 1200 works is with an intention to achieve a balance and maintain the dynamic of the gallery and to create a particular thrill amongst the visitors.

The statistics of the event are staggering as over £70,000 prize money, including the £25,000 Charles Wollaston Award, is awarded each year at the Summer Exhibition.

The theme of the show for the year 2008 is 'Man Made'. Remarkable artistic accomplishments of the late RB Kitaj, featuring some of Kitaj's greatest works will be displayed alongside recent paintings which would be available for sale in a dedicated memorial gallery. Also the Academy's Courtyard plays host to a monumental sculpture by Sir Anthony Caro, titled Promenade.