Monday, January 18, 2021

Young Artists Summer Show at the Royal Academy of Arts

Did you know that the Royal Academy of Arts has a Summer Show for young people?

No? Neither did I! 

Find out more about the show below and on the RA website https://youngartists.royalacademy.org.uk/



What's the purpose of the Young Artists' Summer Show?

Taking inspiration from the annual Summer Exhibition, the Young Artists’ Summer Show is an opportunity for young artists aged 5 - 19 years to exhibit their work online and on-site at the Royal Academy.

The project is generously supported by Robin Hambro, a passionate advocate for the importance of access to art, and the benefits of encouraging the arts, for children and young people.


Are there any prizes?

There are prizes each year (Take a look at the 2020 prize winning artworks)
  • for two inspiring artworks 
  • from each key stage
Award winners are chosen by the President of the Royal Academy.

The public can also vote for their favourite artwork in our annual People’s Choice Award. 

some of the artwork in the RA Young Artists Summer Show 2020

How to enter

Who can enter?

  • children and young people aged 5 - 19 studying in the UK and British schools overseas.
  • collaborative artwork entries are welcome - and and there is no limit to the number of students involved.

What can I enter?

  • Each student can submit up to three artworks of any type e.g. a painting, sculpture, photograph, installation or video piece. 
  • Your artwork can be made of any materials. 
  • There is no theme so artworks can be of any subject.

What does it cost to enter?

  • The competition is completely free.

How do I enter?

The entry process works as follows:

  • entry is online - you cannot submit artwork by post.
  • a teacher first needs to register your school
  • once that is done, artwork can be submitted 
    • by a teacher or parent/guardian if you are under 12
    • by the student if you are aged 13 or over

What do I need to submit?

You need to upload images of your artwork - with some text.

Images need to be 
  • files are 5MB or less
  • one of the following formats: JPG, PNG, GIF.
  • If you want to submit a file that is not a JPG, PNG or GIF, you can use a file converter website to change your file so it will upload.
You need to describe your artwork as follows:
  • title of the artwork
  • a description of what the work is about and why you made it

How selection works

Each artwork will be seen by a panel of judges - made up of panel of artists and art professionals. 
Everyone who submits artworks will hear from the RA by the end of May.

There are two sets of judges

  • one for artworks made by primary students and 
  • one for artworks made by secondary school students. 
When the judges make their selections, they choose where the artwork will be seen i.e.
  • which artworks will be shown online and 
  • which will be shown at the Royal Academy. 

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