Summer Exhibition 2016

Submission to the Summer Exhibition 2016 is now closed. 

Submitting work to the Summer Exhibition in 2016

If you would like a chance to see your work displayed in the world’s largest open-submission exhibition, this is the place to get started. Just follow our three simple steps.

  1. Create your account

    Submitted in 2015? You should already have a Summer Exhibition account. Login to your account, or request a new password if you’ve forgotten.

    First time entrant? Register now and we’ll send you a link to your new account.

  2. Pay your entry fee 

    You can enter one or two works, for a fee of £25 per work, which covers our administration costs. You can pay this online by credit or debit card.

  3. Enter the details and upload images of your artwork

What happens next?

The first round of selection will be made from digital images of artworks, from which the judges will shortlist up to 4,000 entries to be delivered to the Academy for the second round.

If you are successful in the first, digital round, we will notify you by email and ask you to deliver your artwork to the Royal Academy for the next round of selection.

You can also check the progress of your submission using your Summer Exhibition account whenever you like.

Cost and deadlines

The entry fee is non-refundable. If you initially choose to enter only one work, it won’t be possible to add a second work at a later date.

You must pay your fee and submit your digital entry, including images of your artworks, by midnight on Friday 12 February 2016 at the latest. We will not accept any late submissions.

We are only accepting 12,000 entries, which is in line with the upper limit of submissions we’ve received in previous years. Entries for last year’s exhibition sold out before the deadline so we encourage you to enter as soon as possible.

Make sure you read the Terms and Conditions of Entry.

Any questions?

If you have a question, first take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions If you can/'t find the answer to your question, get in touch

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2017 Timeline

Entry to the Summer Exhibition 2017 opens on 4 January. For information about the process, please go to our FAQ above and see the timeline below. All other information will be updated shorlty.

There are places for 12,000 entries. All works are submitted digitally and shortlisted works are delivered to the Academy for the second round of judging. 

Entry fee and digital submission

4 January – 15 February
Entry opens on 4 January and the submission deadline is 23:59 on Wednesday 15 February


16 March - first round of judging (from digital images)
18 May - second round of judging (from shortlisted work)
27 May - final results

Delivery of shortlisted works 

9 May    8am – 7pm

10 May    8am – 5pm

Two-dimensional work (Artist’s Book, Drawing, Painting, Photograph, Print, Mixed Media, Watercolour) 
11 May     10am – 7pm
12 May    8am – 5pm

Summer Exhibition Co-ordinator 2017

Eileen Cooper

Selection and Hanging Committee 2017

Ann Christopher, Gus Cummins, Bill Jacklin, Farshid Moussavi, Fiona Rae, Rebecca Salter and Yinka Shonibare


Office Hours

The Summer Exhibition Office is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm. If you have a query regarding the submission process, please Contact Us and we will respond within three working days.


Helpful Links

Terms and Conditions

Entry Rules

Video Tutorial: How To Photograph Your Work

How To Photograph Your Work (PDF)

Suggested Transport Agents (PDF)

VAT Information (International Artists) (PDF)

Artwork Sales Information for Printmakers (PDF)