The Royal Academy of Arts summer exhibition
The Royal Academy of Arts is currently celebrating its 250th anniversary year, so its Summer Exhibition has become the perfect opportunity for a big, arty party. The legendary annual show opens today, so here’s what to expect.
The RA (on Piccadilly, between Piccadilly Circus and Green Park stations) has selected one of its hottest Academicians to put the show together this year: Grayson Perry. The flamboyant English artist was in charge of a committee of 10 fellow Royal Academicians, including Chris Orr, Emma Stibbon and Cornelia Parker, who have selected approximately 1,200 artworks for display, from entries submitted by a combination of students, amateurs and established artists.
Perry’s theme is ‘Art Made Now’, explaining that he wants to ‘champion the democracy of the exhibition and show off the diversity of art being made in this moment’. The show includes a ‘Room of Fun’, which we cannot wait to enter.
Big names to look out for include Anish Kapoor (in the courtyard), Wolfgang Tillmans, Tracey Emin and new work by David Hockney. The most exciting thing about the RA’s Summer Exhibition is that anybody can enter work for consideration, which means that the variety is dazzling – you might find a piece of art by a newcomer, right next to something created by legends such as Hockney.
The Royal Academy of Arts' Summer Exhibition is open from 12 June until 19 August, daily 10am–6pm (Fridays 10am-10pm). Tickets cost £16; under-16s enter for free with a paying adult.