The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition marks the start of the Summer Season. The world’s largest open submission contemporary art show, now in its 244th year, continues the tradition of showcasing work by both emerging and established artists in all media including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and film.
The Summer Exhibition attracts a high volume of entrants annually with over 11,000 entries received this year. Royal Academician Tess Jaray is the co-ordinator for Summer Exhibition 2012. The exhibition will begin in the Wohl Central Hall, which, this year pays homage to Matisse’s The Red Studio.
The vibrant gallery will provide a backdrop to a selection of paintings whose main concern is colour. Gallery III, the grandest space in Burlington House, is curated by Tess Jaray RA. Containing a large quantity of smaller paintings, the gallery demonstrates that work of a more modest scale can be as powerful as larger work. As a former teacher at the Slade School of Art, Jaray is mindful of providing a forum for established and younger artists to show their work to the public. Chris Wilkinson RA and Eva Jiricna RA have curated the architecture gallery of the Summer Exhibition. Their curatorial direction seeks to blur the boundaries between architecture and the fine arts.
The majority of works in the Summer Exhibition 2012 are for sale, offering visitors an opportunity to purchase original artwork by high profile and up-andcoming artists. All those who support the Summer Exhibition contribute to supporting artists of the future.
DATES AND OPENING HOURS
Open to the public: Monday 04 June – Sunday 12 August 2012 10am – 6pm daily (last admission 5.30pm)
Late night opening: Fridays until 10pm (last admission 9.30pm)