Summer Exhibition 2019

Summer Exhibition 2019
Gallery view of the 250th Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (12 June - 19 August 2018) Photo: David Parry

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Here are the three things you'll see at the Summer Exhibtion

Big names

Now in its 251st year, the Summer Exhibition still knows how to get the big art names in. There’s a giant, gorgeous Anselm Kiefer painting, a fantastic Edward Burtynsky photo and more Michael Craig-Martin than you could ever want to see. There’s also a Banksy, you’ll be happy to know, which is a big ‘Arrivals from the EU’ doorway, except it’s shuttered. Because Brexit. Hard-hitting stuff.

Little names

The great thing about the Summer Exhibition is that it’s open to all, and the selectors pick from thousands of entries. That means that your mate’s mum’s weird little whittled sculptures of George Michael might be shown alongside something by Antony Gormley. It’s a good opportunity to spot an art star of the future.
And also see weird stuff by your mate’s mum.

And a huge amount of art

There are more than 1,500 works of art in this sprawling show. From miniature paintings of gritty urban scenes (there are a LOT of paintings of gritty urban scenes) to enormous canvases, architectural models to a life-size tiger made of Tunnock’s Tea Cake wrappers, there’s something for everyone. And hey, most of it is for sale, so you may just be able to nab a bargain.


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