Author: Imogen Aldridge

What to expect from the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition

Summer is fast approaching, so that means one thing in the art world - the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition is nearly upon us. Opening on the 21st June, this pillar of the British Art scene has been running without fail since 1769, through two World Wars and one global pandemic. Showcasing all forms of art from painting to prints and sculpture, the Summer Exhibition is the perfect place to discover new talent.

Running for two months, the Royal Academy is host to some of the biggest names in contemporary art, as well as emerging talent from all walks of life. Each year, the Royal Academy names an exhibition coordinator to direct the show and determine the theme. This year Alison Wilding RA takes the reins, choosing the theme of ‘Climate’ to be explored in the artwork entries. Wilding and a team of Royal Academicians will review thousands of entries from both well-known and budding artists to decide what artworks will make it into the show. 

Alongside the entries selected by the Academicians, some artists are invited to curate their own artworks for the show. There’s no hierarchy when it comes to curation, either. Grayson Perry’s and Tracey Emin’s are placed on the wall next to first-time exhibitors. Just because you’re a big name artist doesn’t guarantee you a slot either. Over the course of 250 years, the likes of John Constable, Édouard Manet and Banksy have been rejected from the exhibition. You don’t always have to be a professional artist to win yourself a spot either; comedians Harry Hill and Joe Lycett have both featured artworks, and Winston Churchill even exhibited under a pseudonym.

This year, Cristina Iglesias’ immersive installation will be centre stage in the courtyard of the Royal Academy in Burlington House. Iglesias tackles the theme of climate change by bringing nature into the heart of cosmopolitan London. On the theme of ‘Climate’, Wilding has said that it is a “huge, all-embracing and urgent subject” that can’t be ignored. Around 1,200 artists are putting pen to paper and creating artworks that draw attention to such a worthy cause.

Academy by Peter Blake

Over the course of 254 years, the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition has become a revered event in the arts calendar, and a constant reminder of the joys of art and creativity.

Having explored this year’s RA summer exhibition, we’re proud to say that many of our artists are participating in this year’s showcase. We’re delighted to see artists such as Little Fish Design, Hooksmith Press and Lene Bladjberg, to name a few, have been selected to take part in the world-renowned exhibition.

Keep your eyes peeled for any Art Republic artists taking part in this year’s show - make sure to tag us in your Instagram posts @artrepublic if you spot any artworks you recognise.

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6 x 10 cm

Dreams Can Come True

55 x 56.5cm

£850

55 x 56.5cm

Masterpiece Minus Art Print by Remi Rough
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Masterpiece Minus

42 x 29.7cm

£190

42 x 29.7cm

Love is the Drug - Pink Diamond Dust, 2020 Art Print by Ryan Callanan
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60 x 60cm

Debbie Harry Rainbow Art Print by Veebee
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50 x 50cm

United Colour of London Art Print by Jayson Lilley
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£195

31 x 24cm

Pangolin - Medium Art Print by Lisa Lloyd
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Pangolin - Medium

40 x 40cm

£100

40 x 40cm

Not My First Rodeo (11th Edition) Art Print by Babak Ganjei
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£135

50 x 70cm

Prince 2000 ZERO ZERO Art Print by Mike Edwards
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£150

50 x 50cm

Rebel Rebel Art Print by R-W Studio
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Rebel Rebel

50 x 50cm

£120

50 x 50cm

Choco POPek

15 x 12 x 6cm

£300

15 x 12 x 6cm

Pacific Grind

20.3 x 81cm

£200

20.3 x 81cm

Elvis Art Print by David Studwell
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Elvis

50 x 50cm

£175

50 x 50cm

Gorilla - Lilac Foil

42 x 59.4cm

£195

42 x 59.4cm

MK-Ultra I

19 x 19cm

£65

19 x 19cm

Northern Scum Art Print by Katrina Russell-Adams
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Northern Scum

29.7 x 42cm

£85

29.7 x 42cm

I Love London

22 x 17 cm

£60

22 x 17 cm

Kate Moss - Glow Art Print by VeeBee
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Kate Moss - Glow

70 x 70 cm

£285

70 x 70 cm

£267

75 x 75cm

Humpek Purple Sculpture

12 x 6 x 12cm

£240

12 x 6 x 12cm

Fail Art Print by Babak Ganjei
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Fail

50 x 70cm

£135

50 x 70cm

Sara Pope £150

Amped

18.3 x 18.3 x 3.2cm

£150

18.3 x 18.3 x 3.2cm

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45.72 x 60.96 cm

I Love Recycling

22 x 17 cm

£60

22 x 17 cm

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55 x 56.5cm

Ben Eine £35

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R2Heart2 - Copper Art Print by RYCA
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50 x 70cm

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