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Summer Exhibition 2009 - Royal Academy of Arts

Exhibition preview

THE Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition is on display in the Main Galleries until August 16, 2009.

Now in its 241st year, the Summer Exhibition 2009 continues the tradition of displaying a wide range of new work by both established and unknown artists in all media including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and architecture.

This year’s co-ordinators, Royal Academicians Ann Christopher, Eileen Cooper and Will Alsop will select works for the exhibition around the theme of ‘Making Space’. Since the founding of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1768, the annual Summer Exhibition has become the world’s largest open-submission contemporary art exhibition.

The Summer Exhibition attracts a high volume of entrants each year with around 10,000 works submitted in 2008. The majority of selected works will be on sale, offering visitors an unrivalled opportunity to purchase original artwork by high profile and up-and-coming artists. Tracey Emin, Lucian Freud, Julian Opie and Gavin Turk were amongst those who exhibited in last year’s show.

Highlights of this year’s exhibition will include a gallery of film curated by Richard Wilson RA and Eileen Cooper RA will be overseeing the ever popular Print Room.

Following last year’s successful BBC 2 Culture Show special on the Summer Exhibition, the Royal Academy of Arts will once again be working with the BBC.

There will be a memorial display dedicated to the late Jean Cooke RA, who was elected an Academician in 1965 and was a regular contributor to the Summer Exhibition.

Each year, the Summer Exhibition recognises artists of exceptional merit, awarding a total of £70,000 prize money donated by commercial sponsors.

Established in 1978, the Royal Academy of Arts Charles Wollaston Award is, at £25,000, one of the largest and most prestigious art prizes in Britain. Previous winners include Jeff Koons (2008), Gavin Turk (2007), Jake and Dinos Chapman (2003), Alan Charlton (2002), Marc Quinn (2001), Gerard Hemsworth (2000), David Hockney (1999), John Hoyland (1998) and R. B. Kitaj (1997).

The Selection Committee for 2009 will include Royal Academicians. The President of the Royal Academy of Arts, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, will chair the Committee.

The Summer Exhibition 2009 is sponsored by Insight Investment.

Alongside the Summer Exhibition 2009, the Royal Academy of Arts will be running a diverse programme of special events, evening lectures and gallery talks. Dedicated events for families will include gallery talks and workshops. For children aged between 8 and 13 there will be a free printed guide sheet to the exhibition. Activity trays, including art materials, will be available for younger visitors to create their own works of art.

Tickets: £7 – full price; £6 – 60 years+ and registered disabled; £5 – NUS; £4 – 12 to 18 years and Income Support; £3 – 8 to 11 years; Free for 7 years and under. Prices include the List of Works giving details on every exhibit in the show.

Times: 10am to 6pm daily (last admission at 5.30pm).

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J OBD

Tel: 020 7300 8000