Donald Hamilton Fraser
The exhibition continues the tradition of showcasing work by both emerging and established artists in all media including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and film. The show includes new work by artists such as Antoni Tapies, Ed Ruscha, Michael Craig-Martin, Gillian Ayres, Tracey Emin or Nicola Tyson, Gary Webb, Martin Maloney, Nigel Cooke and Cecily Brown.
The Royal Academy's annual Summer Exhibition is the world's largest open submission
contemporary art exhibition. Now in its 242nd year, the exhibition continues the tradition of
showcasing work by both emerging and established artists in all media including painting,
sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and film. This year's co-ordinators, Royal
Academicians Stephen Chambers and David Chipperfield, have selected works for the exhibition
around the theme of 'Raw'.
The Summer Exhibition attracts a high volume of entrants annually with over 11,000 entries this year. The majority of the 1267 selected works are on sale, offering visitors an unrivalled opportunity to purchase original artwork by high profile and up-and-coming artists.
As is the custom, the exhibition features work by Academicians and Honorary Academicians and includes new work by artists such as Antoni Tapies, Ed Ruscha, Michael Craig-Martin, Gillian Ayres and Tracey Emin. Fiona Rae has curated a gallery within the exhibition. Recent work by artists including Nicola Tyson, Gary Webb, Martin Maloney, Nigel Cooke and Cecily Brown are exhibited in this room. Artists' books feature in the Summer Exhibition for the first time this year with a number of books on display.
This year the Architecture Gallery is located in the large Lecture Room and David Chipperfield has curated and organised the exhibits in this space.
Following on from last year's successful BBC TWO Series Culture Show special on the Summer Exhibition, the Royal Academy of Arts is delighted to be working with the BBC once more.
MEMORIAL GALLERIES IN THE JOHN MADEJSKI FINE ROOMS
The Summer Exhibition 2010 includes a memorial display of work by Academicians who have died in the past year. Work by Craigie Aitchison RA, Jim Cadbury-Brown RA, John Craxton RA, Barry Flanagan RA, Freddy Gore RA, Donald Hamilton Fraser RA, Flavia Irwin RA and Michael Kidner RA, who sadly died in 2009, are displayed in the Fine Rooms as an extension to the Main Galleries.
Three large bronze sculptures of leaping hares by Barry Flanagan RA (1941 – 2009) occupy the Royal Academy's Annenberg Courtyard. Hare and Bell 1988 (height 3.5m), Nijinski Hare 1996 (height 5.18m) and Large Left-Handed Drummer 2006 (height 4.9m) have been installed as part of a memorial display to the artist. Flanagan was one of the most popular and distinctive artists of his generation and was internationally renowned for his figures of leaping hares. Barry Flanagan's sculptures are the latest installation in the RA's programme of Sculpture in the Courtyard and follows on from Bryan Kneale's Triton III (2009), Sir Anthony Caro's Promenade (2008), the Chapman's The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth, but not the Mineral Rights (2007), Anselm Kiefer's Jericho (2007), Rodin's Gates of Hell (2006) and Damien Hirst's Virgin Mother (2006).
Each year, the Summer Exhibition recognises artists of exceptional merit, awarding a total of £70,000 prize money.
Established in 1978, the Royal Academy of Arts Charles Wollaston Award is, at £25,000, one of the largest and most prestigious art prizes in Britain. Previous winners include Richard Wilson (2009), Jeff Koons (2008), Gavin Turk (2007), Jake and Dinos Chapman (2003), Alan Charlton (2002), Marc Quinn (2001), Gerard Hemsworth (2000), David Hockney (1999), John Hoyland (1998) and R. B. Kitaj (1997).
SELECTION AND HANGING COMMITTEE
The Selection Committee for 2010 included Royal Academicians Olwyn Bowey, Stephen Chambers, David Chipperfield, Ann Christopher, Eileen Cooper, Stephen Farthing, John Hoyland, Allen Jones, David Remfry and John Wragg.
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Alongside the Summer Exhibition 2010, the Royal Academy of Arts will be running a diverse programme of special events, evening lectures and gallery talks. Dedicated events for families include gallery talks and workshops. For children aged between 8 and 13 there are free printed guide sheets to the exhibition. Activity trays, including art materials, are available for younger visitors to create their own works of art.
Image: David Mach RA, 'Silver Streak' Photo: John Bodkin/DawkinsColour
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Open to the public: 10am – 4pm daily (last admission 3.30pm)
*Opening hours for the Summer Exhibition in the Fine Rooms may vary.
Admission prices include the List of Works giving details on every exhibit in the show.
£8.00 full price; £7.00 60 years+ and registered disabled; £6.00 NUS; £4.00 12-18 years and Income Support; £3.00 8-11 years; Free for 7 years and under.