June 13, 2016

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition now open in London

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition now open in London

Gillian Ayres CBE RA, Music on that Woody Shore, Oil, 122 x 183 cm, Courtesy of Gillian Ayres and Alan Cristea Gallery

In the words of co-ordinator Richard Wilson RA, this year’s edition of the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London is set to be “unpredictable, stimulating and startling.”

The Summer Exhibition, now in its 248th year, is the world’s oldest open-submission exhibition: its earliest exhibitors included the likes of Constable, Turner and Reynolds.

Highlights this year include a large-scale suspended kite sculpture by Heather and Ivan Morison, a sculpture by brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman, and an atmospheric photographic installation from Jane and Louise Wilson.

With many works in the exhibition on sale, the show also offers visitors a chance to own some original art while supporting the historic Royal Academy schools. Artwork sales help the Royal Academy to continue the free tuition that they have offered for nearly 250 years.

This year’s exhibition is open to the public from June 13 until August 21, 2016.  To learn more about the exhibition and how to get tickets if you live in London or have plans to visit this summer, visit the Royal Academy website. 

You can also check out images from the exhibition on Twitter by either following @royalacademy or the hashtag #RASummer

Since 2007, the Royal Academy and BNY Mellon have enjoyed a special partnership that has spanned many projects. Public access and education are core components of BNY Mellon’s programme of arts sponsorship and the Royal Academy strives to engage with the broadest possible audience through its exhibitions, events, publications and educational activities.

Insight Investment, a BNY Mellon company, has sponsored the RA Summer Exhibition for the last decade.