It’s Summer Exhibition time

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Cake Man II  by Yinka Shonibare

Cake Man II by Yinka Shonibare

The Royal Academy of Art’s Summer Exhibition opens on June 9 showcasing 1,262 works of art from around the world in a multiplicity of styles.

This is one of the big London visitor attractions and dates are as ingrained in some people’s calendars as are their children’s birthdays. And it isn’t just Londoners who make the pilgrimage to Piccadilly each June. From all our countries, people book trains and hotels to see what weird and wonderful (in their view) items have been hung. Visitors from overseas are not far behind and you’ll hear as many different languages as you will have had hot meals this year!

With many of the exhibits for sale, this is an opportunity for visitors to buy works, from established professionals as well as up and coming artists.  Disciplines comprise a range of media from painting to printmaking, photography, sculpture and film. This year, the Royal Academy received over 12,000 entries from which the selection, by the hanging committee made up of Royal Academicians, was made. Over £60,000 is being given in awards, and prizes in every category.

Prince Pig's Courtship  by Paula Rego

Prince Pig’s Courtship by Paula Rego

The works are numbered with amateur works exhibited alongside those executed by renowned artists. Visitors can enjoy the works, and choose what they like on merit and their own gut feeling rather than because it has been created by someone famous. A book, however, does come with entry to the exhibition which indicates the name of the work and who executed it together with its price, if for sale.

Of the thirteen rooms, highlights include a rooms curated by sculptor Cornelia Parker RA focusing on the theme of black and white. For some of the artists, such as Richard Deacon, this will be the first time they have shown at the Royal Academy. Many of the artists will be creating new works specifically for this room.

Towards the end, stop off in the little room constructed to provide a contemplative space to house the light-based work Sensing Thought by James Turrell Hon RA which creates a tangible and physical plane of light. A small bench is provided to watch the light as it changes along with the colour.

by Alan Jones

Unexpected Guest by Allen Jones

One of the founding principles of the Royal Academy founded by King George III in 1768, was to ‘mount an annual exhibition open to all artists of distinguished merit’ to finance the training of young artists in the Royal Academy Schools. The Summer Exhibition has been held every year since without interruption. Sales from the exhibition play a significant part in raising funds to finance students of the three RA schools who pay no fees for the duration of their studies.

For more about the Summer Exhibition, click here.

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