June 9 heralds the opening of the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy on London’s Piccadilly which this year has some exciting pieces. The good news for collectors is that this is a great opportunity to buy works of art as a lot of the pieces are for sale.
1,200 pieces were picked from a total of 12,000 entries from a spectrum of media that includes painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture and film. A total of over £60,000 is offered in awards and prizes for every category.
The exhibition, displayed in thirteen rooms, attracts artists from around the world with amateur works sitting alongside those of professionals. I just loved the painting by Allen Jones, ‘Unexpected Guest’ that sadly for me is priced at £80,000. Fortunately there are also cheaper works, although not by this artist, priced in the hundreds! The works are numbered rather than named so visitors can enjoy the visual aspect without having to take into account the person that executed it. The only way to find out is by relating the number to the work in the booklet given out when you buy a ticket £13.50 (without Gift Aid donation £12.); Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.
King George 111 founded the Royal Academy of Arts in 1768. The Summer Exhibition has been held every year since. Money raised goes towards financing the RA’s three schools where pupils pay no fees for the duration of their studies.
The exhibition runs until 17 August 2014. Different events are held throughout the period. For what appears to be a really fun evening, check out the Midsummer Night’s Fête on Saturday, 21 June £25.
Open 10am – 6pm daily (last admission 5.30pm) Fridays until 10pm (last admission 9.30pm)
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