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Exhibition Review : The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition at Burlington House – 13th June to 20th August 2017

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is one of the great English Art traditions, it is the world’s oldest open-submission exhibition being established in 1768 whose long line of exhibitors reads like a Who’s Who of British Art. Some of the earliest exhibitors included the likes of Reynolds, Constable and Turner, however the exhibition prides itself that it offers a snapshot of contemporary art.

This year, the exhibition features over 1,200 works on show, unlike many major exhibitions, many of the works in the exhibition will be on sale.

This year’s co-ordinator of the Royal Academy of Arts’ 249th Summer Exhibition is Royal Academician Eileen Cooper who explores themes of discovery and new talent. Cooper has taken on the considerable task of coordinating the exhibition, hanging over 1,200 works by artists in the space of just eight days.

This year the exhibition features work by internationally renowned artists Rosemarie Trockel, Julian Schnabel, Hassan Hajjaj, Secundino Hernández, Isaac Julien, Tomoaki Suzuki, Mark Wallinger and Sean Scully RA, as well as submissions by well known artists Gilbert & George, David Adjaye. Anselm Keifer, Cornelia Parker, Tracey Emin, Eileen Cooper and Yinka Shonibare.

Yinka Shonibare RA’s six metre high colourful wind sculpture dominates the RA Courtyard before you enter the exhibition. Part of the fun of wandering around the exhibition is trying to recognise pieces by the more well-known artists and discovering new artists from the wide range of works on display.

Each room offers a kaleidoscope of colour and images in a range of media, from painting, printmaking, film and photography to sculpture, architectural works and performance art.

The Summer Exhibition offers a platform for emerging and established artists and architects to showcase their work in front of a large international audience. The Summer Exhibition also plays a practical role in training young artists, it raises funds to finance the current students of the RA Schools. The RA Schools is the longest established art school in the UK and offers the only free three-year postgraduate programme in Europe.

This fascinating exhibition has a large number of wonderfully eclectic works on display, there is really something for everyone regardless of your particular artistic taste. The Summer Exhibition is one of the highlights of the art world’s summer and attracts a wide range of visitors. It also offers a rare opportunity to buy works from well-known and not so well known artists with prices ranging from a few hundred to over a hundred thousand pounds.

Video Review available here

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017

Burlington House

13 June — 20 August 2017

Saturday – Thursday 10am – 6pm

Friday 10am – 10pm

£15.50 (without donation £14). Concessions available. Friends of the RA, and under 16s when with a fee-paying adult, go free.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Royal Academy website here

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