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Summer Exhibition Explorer 2019

The 251st Summer Exhibition has now ended.

Browse all artworks
Art under 500 pounds

Start small and pick something you love (for more advice, check out our seven tips on buying art).

Our favourites

As this year’s Summer has over 1500 works in it, we thought we might share those finds from staff across the RA.


Keen to start an art collection? Original prints are a great place to start.

Browse the galleries

Our 251st Summer Exhibition is our biggest in over a century, with more than 1,500 works in every imaginable medium. Explore the works room by room...


Lions, tigers and bears! Oh my you art-lovers, do we have some delightful animal art for you.

Summer exhibition at the Royal Academy

What is the Summer Exhibition?

Held without interruption since 1769, the Summer Exhibition displays works in a variety of mediums and genres.

The works in the Summer Exhibition are selected and hung by Royal Academicians – who also exhibit works in the exhibition, creating an eclectic mix of work by established artists alongside emerging talent and first-time exhibitors.

Most of the art in the show is for sale and purchases help raise money for the Academy’s non-profit-making activities, including educating the next generation of artists in the Royal Academy Schools.