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250th Summer Exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts

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Jock McFadyen RA. Falaise. Digital print 44 x 76cm. Photo: Lucid Plane.
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Discover works by world-renowned and emerging artists at the Royal Academy of Arts' 250th Summer Exhibition, one of the most significant dates in the art calendar. Read More


Explore fresh and exciting work from a diverse range of artists, as the Royal Academy of Arts marks a special edition of its Summer Exhibition in its 250th year.

The major annual exhibition has an illustrious history, from its inception in 1760 to its 250th year in 2018, having helped many famous artists on their first steps towards success. Any artist is eligible to enter, no matter whether they’re established or completely new to the art world.

This year, discover more than 1,300 contemporary artworks spanning the Royal Academy’s galleries, in the biggest Summer Exhibition in history. The display has been coordinated by a committee of Royal Academicians, led by Grayson Perry.

There are also many events to enjoy during summer, a spectacular sculpture from Anish Kapoor in the courtyard and special installations throughout the West End.

Royal Academy 250th Summer Exhibition highlights

  • Enjoy a whole weekend of free activities, from talks and workshops, to special installations and performances, as part of the RA Summer Festival during Mayfair Art Weekend. 30 Jun-1 Jul
  • Explore the gallery during late openings on Friday evenings, when you can visit the 250th Summer Exhibition until 10pm. Various dates
  • Learn more about the history of the Summer Exhibition through works that have wowed the art world with The Great Spectacle display. Until 19 Aug
  • Keep an eye out for RA250 Flags in Bond Street, Piccadilly, Regent Street and Regent Street St James’s, that have been designed by Grayson Perry, Cornelia Parker, Rose Wylie and Joe Tilson.
  • Go on a 30-minute tour of the exhibition featuring the top five works chosen by the gallery’s learning and community partners, with Summer Exhibition Edits. Various dates

Venue Details & Map

Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
+44 (0)20 7300 8000
Public transport:
Tube: Piccadilly Circus/Green Park Train: Victoria Piccadilly Circus: walk down Piccadilly towards Green Park. The Royal Academy is opposite Fortnum & Masons.

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