RA’s Summer Exhibition is major autumn opener

The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, a fixture in the art calendar, is to open – in the autumn and five months late because of Covid-19.

It is the first time the exhibition, the world’s largest open competition contemporary show, has been postposed in the RA’s history of over 250 years, co-ordinated for the first time by a pair of Academicians, Jane and Louise Wilson.

The main image is Umbrella Crossing I  by Bill Jacklin RA  © The Artist, courtesy the artist and Marlborough, London, which will be in the Summer Exhibition

Added to the lay-out for the time is “invisible walls”, walls suspended from the ceiling on wires to both two-dimensional works and video screens to be seen.

Because of the pandemic lockdown much of the preparation. For this year’s exhibition has had to be done virtually, with an overall theme of “community” and exploring identity, immigration, contested borders, the ecological threat, climate change, protest and landscape.

His year there have been more than 18,000 entries of which around 1000 works, in the form of installation, painting, film, photography and sculpture will go on display.

The RA Summer Exhibition on from October 6 to January 3.  



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