The largest open submission exhibition of contemporary art in the world.

Now in its 249th year, the RA Summer Exhibition offers a unique and immediate insight into what the contemporary art world looks like right now.

Open to all artists, it encompasses exciting work in every media from painting, sculpture and printmaking to photography, architecture and film. This year, for the first time, it will also include an element of performance art.

As an international showcase for established and emerging artists alike, it attracts a huge volume of entrants each year. 12,000 entries were received in 2016, with 5,000 works sold during the exhibition and £50,000 awarded in prizes.

Royal Academy of Arts

Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD

020 7300 8090


Opening times

Mon – Thu, Sat – Sun, 10am – 6pm
Fri, 10am – 10pm
Closed 24 – 26 Dec

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