A highlight of London’s arts calendar, The Royal Academy is hosting this year’s Summer Exhibition in autumn for the second time in its history due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 253rd Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show and has been held every year without interruption since 1769, even during the war years.
Around 1,200 works are on display at the exhibition, the majority of which will be for sale, offering visitors the chance to buy original works.
This year's theme is ‘Reclaiming Magic’, celebrating the joy of creating art.
Big-name artists with works on display this year include Michael Armitage, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Ellen Gallagher, Rita Keegan, Jade Montserrat, Magdalene Odundo, Faith Ringgold and Betye Saar.
New work for the exhibition will be shown by Alvaro Barrington, Angela de la Cruz, Hew Locke, Cassi Namoda, and Lawrence Lemaoana, who has created a large-scale textile kanga.
Highlights include a special dedication to the self-taught American artist Bill Traylor who was born into slavery and only began to draw his recollections and observations in 1939.
New for 2021 is a sound programme, featuring soundscapes and poetry by six artists, played through personal headphones to enhance the experience of the exhibition. It will be available for visitors to download in advance of their visit via a QR code on the RA website as well as at the entrance to the exhibition.
Venue Details & Map
Burlington HouseLondonW1J 0BD
- +44 (0)20 7300 8000
- Public transport:
- Tube: Piccadilly Circus/Green Park, Train: Victoria. Piccadilly Circus: walk down Piccadilly towards Green Park. The Royal Academy is opposite Fortnum & Masons.