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The Royal Academy of Arts – Summer Exhibition 2014

Everything you’ll see at the Summer Exhibition represents what is happening in the art world right now. New and recent art created by everyone from emerging artists to the biggest names in contemporary art and architecture.

 9 June – 17 August 2014

Main Galleries, Burlington House, London

This is the world’s largest open entry exhibition for nearly 250 years. Throughout that time, the Summer Exhibition has remained a powerful barometer of the art of each age. And the same simple premise has always applied – anyone can enter and all of the works are chosen by leading artists.

This year the Royal Academy received 12,000 entries, from which the hanging committee of Royal Academicians led by Hughie O’Donoghue, the coordinator of the Summer Exhibition 2014, will make a selection to hang on the walls of the Main Galleries in Burlington House. For the first time, artists have submitted their works digitally for the initial round of judging.

Over 1,200 artworks will go on display, the majority of which will be for sale offering visitors an opportunity to purchase original artwork by high profile and up-and-coming artists.

In the past year, the Royal Academy has elected a record-number of Members, creating a new generation of Royal Academicians. To celebrate this renewal of the Membership, there will be a dedicated room for the display of works by newly elected Academicians, who include Thomas Heatherwick, Neil Jeffries, Chantal Joffe, Tim Shaw, Conrad Shawcross, Yinka Shonibare, Bob and Roberta Smith and Wolfgang Tillmans amongst others, and also newly elected Honorary Academicians, such as El Anatsui, Marlene Dumas and Rosemarie Trockel.

The sheer variety of work presented each year is what makes the Summer Exhibition an annual highlight of the cultural calendar. Highlights will include a room curated by sculptor Cornelia Parker RA. Focusing on the theme of black and white, Cornelia Parker has invited Royal Academicians Michael Craig-Martin, Richard Deacon, Tacita Dean, and Michael Landy to exhibit works, as well as other high-profile artists such as Martin Creed, Jeremy Deller, Mona Hatoum, Christian Marclay, Laure Prouvost and David Shrigley. Many of the artists will be creating new works specifically for this room.

Tickets and opening hours

There are several ways to book your tickets for the exhibition:

  • You can book tickets online
  • By phone: +44 (0)020 7300 8000

The exhibition is open Saturday – Thursday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm and on Fridays the galleries stay open til 10.00 pm. For more information visit: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/

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