Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition 2014: guest blogger

The English summer has arrived, and Wimbledon has already come and gone. However, the other bigger event of the summer has just opened it's doors...

The Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition 2014 is is the world’s largest open entry exhibition. Held without interruption since 1769, the Summer Exhibition is open to all artists. The works are selected and hung by Royal Academicians, and in 2014, nearly 70% of the exhibits were by emerging artists.  
Most of the paintings and other art work on display are available for sale and some can be purchased for as little as £100.

Inside this years Summer Exhibition 
(Royal Academy of Arts)

The Summer Exhibition always has something for everybody. As well as an eclectic collection of paintings there are also a wide-range of sculptures, architectural models and other art work.

The Architecture Room  (BBC)

Turner Prize-winner German photographer Wolfgang Tilmans Greifbar 1 (£102,000) is a large and impressive abstract image. Close up it appears fragile, but seen from a distance it becomes powerful and bold.
Wolfgang Tilmans Greifbar 1 

English sculptor and installation artist, Cornelia Parker is the RA's chosen special curator for this year's show and she has filled one of the exhibition's rooms with a facinating collection of black and white art by various artists.

Cornelia Parker (BBC)

On a lighter note, there are a couple of small watercolours by the actress Una Stubbs, called Benedict and Martin respectively. They are of her fellow BBC Sherlock stars Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch. Unfortunately, they are not for sale!!
L: Martin Freeman        R: Benedict Cumberbatch 

The Royal Academy has an interesting selection of cafes and a wonderful art-filled dining room with an fascinating selection of dishes.  

Go and enjoy, it is must see in London!!!

The art-filled dining room at 
the Royal Academy. (Observer)

The Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition 2014 is on from 9th June to 17th August 2014.

Fact File and Map
Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly (Google Maps)


Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
London W1J 0BD ‎


The RA is a short walk from
Picadilly Circus and Green Park
Underground stations.

Guest blogger: Stephen Dartnell 

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