Friday, 19 July 2013


The Royal Academy's (RA) Summer Exhibition is in it's 245th year. Over 4,500 entrants have been whittled down to 1,200 exhibits, that can be overwhelming for some. It is the world's largest open submission exhibition, attracting well known entrants such as Tracy Emin and this year's big pull Grayson Perry, as well as thousands of unknown, aspiring artists, all trying to be the next big thing. Many a career has been made by the Summer Exhibition.

As a result of trying to encourage a younger audience over the last few years, a lot more mixed media, video and digital art work has been accepted (much to the annoyance of the old timers). However it has been said that this year's exhibition has perhaps returned to it roots, for the better, and has been widely reviewed as one of the best yet.

Due to the sheer enormity of the exhibition it is impossible to take everything in during one visit. We are planning a second already but thought we share a few of our favourites...

El Anatsui, TSIATSIA - searching for connection

Denise Bailey/Press Association

Claire Robinson - Hand me down a classic (screenprint)

Cornelia Parker RA - Stolen Thunder 
(digital pigment print on photo rag 308gsm)

Nelly Dimitranova - Art History Chart 
(black pen on domestic colour chart)

Hannah Battershell - 1 From the runaways series 
(mixed media on found button)

Lecture Room, Summer Exhibition 2013. 
Photo credit: John Bodkin

Sculpture in the RA Summer Exhibition 2013

All these fine art prints have some association with the printed word (Photo: Katherine Tyrrell)

The Vanity of Small Differences - four of the tapestries in the series (Artists own edition of an edition of 6)
©  Grayson Perry

The exhibition will end on the 18th August so there is still plenty of time to squeeze in a visit...

RA friends can enter the exhibition for free and do not need to book. For mere mortals tickets are £10 for adults and can be booked here.

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