Make Space For The 256th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

RA Summer Exhibition

The Royal Academy’s 256th Summer Exhibition, a unique and compelling exploration of contemporary art and architecture, is set to be a pivotal platform for the artistic community. This year’s exhibition, curated by the renowned British sculptor Ann Christopher RA, delves into the theme of ‘making space,’ a concept that invites viewers to ponder the profound significance of physical and conceptual spaces in art.

Christopher’s vision for the Summer Exhibition 2024 revolves around creating and occupying space through openness, allocation, or intervention. She emphasizes the importance of the spaces in between, suggesting that they are just as significant as the objects or entities they separate.

The exhibition will showcase diverse works by esteemed artists such as Ackroyd & Harvey, Diana Copperwhite, Rachel Whiteread, and others. Contributions from Royal Academicians like Frank Bowling and Anselm Kiefer, alongside memorials honouring the legacies of Royal Academicians Michael Hopkins, Sonia Lawson, and others, will further enrich the exhibition.

A highlight of the exhibition will be a monumental textile sculpture by British artist Nicola Turner, crafted from organic materials like horsehair and wool. This striking piece will engage with the statue of the RA’s founding President, Sir Joshua Reynolds, exploring themes of life and death.

The architecture rooms, curated by Assemble RA, will focus on spaces for making and celebrating the creative process and innovation in various domains. Architects like Elsie Owusu and Nigel Coates will showcase their works alongside contributions from creative practices like Structure Workshop and Cooking Sections.

The Summer Exhibition 2024 will also offer an online browsing and purchasing experience, allowing audiences to engage with the artworks from their homes. Outstanding works in the exhibition will be presented with prizes, including the prestigious £35,000 Charles Wollaston Award.
As the world’s largest open-submission contemporary art show, the Summer Exhibition’s history dates back to 1769. It provides a platform for emerging and established artists alike, supports the work of Royal Academicians, and contributes to the cultural conversation.

Insight Investment, the lead sponsor of the Summer Exhibition, expressed pride in supporting the Royal Academy’s commitment to fostering artistic talent and facilitating meaningful dialogue through art. Their partnership underscores the exhibition’s role as a cornerstone of the contemporary art scene.

The Summer Exhibition 2024 promises to be a thought-provoking and visually stunning showcase of creativity and innovation, inviting audiences to explore the diverse landscapes of contemporary art and architecture.

The Royal Academy of Arts was founded by King George III in 1768. It is unique because it is an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects who aim to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists. Its public programme promotes the creation, enjoyment, and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education, and debate.

The Royal Academy is an independent charity. It does not receive government revenue funding, so it relies upon the support of its visitors, donors, sponsors, patrons and loyal Friends.

Open to public: Tuesday 18 June – Sunday 18 August 2024

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