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Summer Exhibition 2010 - Royal Academy of Arts

Frank Nitsche. DSY- 19- 2009, 2009. oil on canvas, 220 x 200cm. Courtesy Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin/Dresden. Photo: Werner Lieberknecht, Dresden.

Exhibition preview

THIS year, the Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibition will be on display in the Main Galleries from June 14 to August 22, 2010.

Now in its 242nd year, the exhibition continues the tradition of showcasing work by both emerging and established artists in all media including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and film.

This year’s co-ordinators, Royal Academicians Stephen Chambers and David Chipperfield, will select works for the exhibition around the theme of Raw.

The Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art exhibition and each year attracts a high volume of entrants. This year is no exception with more than 11,000 entries.

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.

As is the custom, the exhibition will feature work by Academicians and Honorary Academicians and include new work by artists such as Antoni Tapies, Ed Ruscha, Michael Craig-Martin, Gillian Ayres and Tracey Emin.

This year, the Architecture Gallery will be located in the large Lecture Room and David Chipperfield will be curating and organising the exhibits in this space.

Fiona Rae will be curating an invited room within the exhibition. It will feature recent work by artists including Nicola Tyson, Gary Webb, Martin Maloney, Nigel Cooke and Richard Patterson.

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

Deceased Academicians

The Summer Exhibition 2010 will include work by Academicians who have died in the past year. Work by Craigie Aitchison RA, Jim Cadbury-Brown RA, John Craxton RA, Barry Flanagan RA, Freddie Gore RA, Donald Hamilton Fraser RA, Flavia Irwin RA and Michael Kidner RA, who died in 2009, will be displayed in the Fine Rooms as an extension to the Main Galleries.


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).

Selection and Hanging Committee

The Selection Committee for 2010 will include Royal Academicians Olwyn Bowey, Stephen Chambers, David Chipperfield, Ann Christopher, Eileen Cooper, Stephen Farthing, John Hoyland, Allen Jones, David Remfry and John Wragg.

The Summer Exhibition 2010 is sponsored by Insight Investment.

Alongside the Summer Exhibition 2010, 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.

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

Times: Daily from 10am to 6pm (last admission 5.30pm); late night opening – Fridays until 10pm (last admission 9.30pm).

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD

Tel: 020 7300 8000

Summer Exhibition Gallery

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