The Royal Academy's call for Summer Exhibition submissions
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The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition is a celebration of the British art scene, creating a unique insight into the talent to be found in contemporary art. Acclaimed artists and emerging talent are united in one space, with artworks of a variety of mediums spanning all surfaces of the gallery. The iconic institution is now accepting submissions for their upcoming exhibition, with each of the 12,000 first-round entries going through a rigorous selection process, and just over 1,000 pieces of art making it into the final hang. These works are chosen and
organised by the Selection and Hanging Committee, made up of Royal Academicians. Each one is given a personal room to curate, and this year, British artist Jock McFayden RA has the job of coordinating the 251st exhibition, following on from the success of Grayson Perry last year.
centre stage, drawing on the current climate. Renowned graffiti artist Banksy’s take on the Ukip placard “Vote to Leave” that was transformed into a more inspiring message “Vote to Love” and was widely praised, yet David Griffith’s portrait of “ Mr Brexit” Nigel Farage failed to sell. These controversies help to create a diverse and relevant show, with works from invited artists, Royal Academicians and submitted works responding directly to modern British society.
Not only do unknown artists take advantage of this platform, but famous figures do too. Comedians Joe Lycett, Harry Hill and Vic Reeves have all entered their own works in the past, exploring their own creativity in a slightly more humorous way. Lycett’s sculpture ‘Chris’, for example, came with a price tag of £12,500,000 last year: a comedic take on how expensive the contemporary art market can be. Most of the artworks in the exhibition will be for sale, with proceeds from certain works either funding the RA’s education programmes and other non-profit making activities or claimed by the artists themselves.
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Installation view of the 2018 Summer Exhibition // Image credit: Royal Academy of ArtsThe Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition is a cumulation of the brightest contemporary artists in Britain today, bringing together the humorous and the political, the absurd and the traditional, all in a historic building setting. This is the celebration of the new in the presence of the past. The deadline for digital submissions is 13 February 2019, and the final list of exhibitors will be announced in May. More information about the upcoming exhibition can be found on the Royal Academy’s website, and you can apply here.
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