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Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition Preview Party 2014

Exhibition preview

THE Royal Academy of Arts will host its internationally renowned Summer Exhibition Preview Party on June 4, 2014.

Marking the official opening of the Summer Exhibition, the event serves as one of the highlights of the London social calendar, with cultural and creative leaders as well as famous faces from across the worlds of art, film, fashion and music set to attend.

Guests will be presented with an exclusive opportunity to preview and purchase art works from the show before the official Buyers Day, with proceeds raised from the sales of tickets and artworks going directly towards the Royal Academy’s exhibitions and schools programme.

This year’s event will be co-chaired by British artist Tracey Emin RA and GQ editor Dylan Jones, with support from an influential committee including: Alexa Chung, David and Catherine Bailey, Simon and Yasmin Le Bon, Thomas Heatherwick RA Elect, Anya Hindmarch, Grayson Perry RA, Eddie Redmayne, Sir David Tang, Douglas Booth, Damian Lewis and Fergus Henderson.

Guests will enter through the Annenberg courtyard where the The Kaiser Chiefs will later bring the summer’s evening to a spectacular finish with an open-air performance.

The Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open-submission contemporary art exhibition, showcasing a variety of artworks by both renowned and undiscovered artists, often curated alongside each other. The hanging committee led by Hughie O’Donoghue, coordinator of the Summer Exhibition 2014, have made a selection of 1,200 works from over 12,000 submissions. The pieces are hugely diverse in medium, ranging from painting and printmaking to sculpture, architecture and film.

For the first time, the Royal Academy will be hosting an official after party at the Academician’s Room in the Keeper’s House, which opened its doors to artists and art lovers alike in September 2013 following extensive renovation. 100 VIP ticket holders will enjoy Laurent-Perrier Champagne in this fantastic new social space at the Royal Academy.

Sponsor’s Statement:

Insight Investment is proud to continue its long association with the Royal Academy of Arts. It is a partnership that reflects shared values: the importance of excellence, the value of education, a willingness to embrace new ideas and the potency of creative thinking.

This is Insight Investment’s ninth year as sponsor of the Summer Exhibition, a sponsorship that is almost as long as the history of our firm. In a little over a decade Insight has become one of the UK’s leading investment managers.

At Insight Investment we hope that all visitors will be inspired by the skill, passion and creativity on display.

Tickets: from £245 – available from the Royal Academy of Arts on 020 7300 5792 or by e-mailing

The purpose of the Summer Exhibition, which was set up in 1768, is to raise funds to support the Royal Academy Schools, the oldest art school in Britain.

Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album will be on display at the Royal Academy of Arts (Burlington Gardens) from June 29 to October 19, 2014.