Summer Exhibition 2024 at the Royal Academy of Arts

04.07.2024
Caitlin McGarry

Summer Exhibition 2024 at the Royal Academy of Arts

04.07.2024
Caitlin McGarry

The annual ‘Summer Exhibition 2024’ at the Royal Academy of Arts has returned to London, displaying a selection of curated artwork from prominent, emerging and first-time exhibiting artists across various mediums. Sponsored by the RA and first conceived in 1769, this exhibition is one of the longest running art shows in the world. Thousands of diverse works are arranged throughout the main galleries and courtyard, spanning 13 rooms, with many of them available to buy.

British sculptor Ann Christopher and her committee of artists and architects have coordinated this year’s instalment. The Royal Academicians have carefully organised each room to reflect the expansive theme of ‘Making Space’, which Christopher has left open to interpretation. This central motif reflects the importance of creativity and openness, through creating physical and conceptual space within art.

The show presents expressive and captivating pieces, including paintings, photographs, sculptures, prints and film. Academicians such as Hughie O’Donoghue, Cornelia Parker, and Anne Desmet were selected by Christopher to curate separate rooms that each evolve and relate to the overarching theme.

Most of the work on display is up for sale with a number of works available for less than £250. ‘String Quartet’ by Ron Arad is the most expensive piece for sale this year and is hard to miss, featuring two violins and a viola playing contemporary music while positioned on chairs against a custom-made rug. The noticeable absence of musicians creates an eeriness whilst highlighting the craftsmanship of the visual pieces.

‘Summer Exhibition 2024’ at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Until 18 August 2024.