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Viewing The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition’s dazzling array of more than 1200 artworks

The Summer Exhibition is a unique event: every Royal Academicians sift through thousands of entries to select 1,200 works for display in a mammoth and meandering show, where hierarchies between famous and anonymous are dissolved. And all the works are for sale, too – from as little as £250.

An unbroken annual tradition since 1769, the Summer Exhibition takes a loose theme and is led by an RA coordinator – Ann Christopher for 2024 – alongside a committee of RA artists and architects, this year including Cornelia Parker, Veronica Ryan, Assemble, and Hurvin Anderson. The theme for this year is ‘making space’, taken literally in some cases, and moving into the metaphorical for others.

The Summer Exhibition always provokes the critics but it is a much loved tradition, and anticipated moment for many gallery goers, the chance to truly see everything people are making art about, not only those educated in institutions like the RA itself. A welcome break from the curatorial preciousness of most programming, whether you love it or loathe it, there is always something interesting on show and the potential to discover something new, too. Long may it continue!

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18 June 2024 — 18 August 2024
The Wick - Grayson Perry, Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close, Arts Council Collection & British Council Collection, © Grayson Perry courtesy of the artist and the Victoria Miro gallery
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Viewing Grayson Perry’s monumental tapestries at Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery

The Wick - One Man and His Dog by Curtis Holder, coloured pencil and acrylic gouache on paper, 120 x 120 cm, 2022
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Viewing Tender pencil portraits of Black men by Curtis Holder capture intimate moments 

The Wick - Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin, 2024 © YAYOI KUSAMA Courtesy Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner Photo: George Darrell
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Viewing The tallest Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin in Kensington Gardens

The Wick - Courtesy of the Artist and Tiwani Contemporary
Photography by Deniz Guzel
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Viewing We Are Briefly Gorgeous by Joy Labinjo at Southwark Park Galleries

The Wick - Courtesy of Gillian Jason Gallery and the Artist
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Viewing Christabel Blackburn: Another Day of Sun at Gillian Jason Gallery

The Wick - Courtesy of The Design Museum
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Viewing Sixty-five years of Barbie’s life in plastic at the Design Museum