Summer Exhibition 2018


Entry to the Summer Exhibition 2018 has now closed.

If you have entered work, what happens next?

The first round of selection is 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 final 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.

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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2018 Timeline

Final notifications to artists were sent on Saturday 26th May. If you have not received yours, please check your online account or email us at for confirmation of your result.

Unselected works are available for collection from the West Yard, 6 Burlington Gardens, from Monday 4 June. Opening hours are 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays. We are closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The deadline for collection is Saturday 23 June.

The Exhibition opens to the public on Tuesday 12 June. For sales enquiries, please email us at the address above or call 020 7300 5683 (but please note that this phoneline will not be open until we open to the public on 12 June).

Selection and Hanging Committee 2018

Phyllida Barlow, Piers Gough, Allen Jones, David Mach, Humphrey Ocean, Chris Orr, Cornelia Parker, Tom Phillips, Conrad Shawcross and Emma Stibbon.


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

Instructions for Entering Work

Video Tutorial: How To Photograph Your Work

How to Photograph Your Work

VAT Information - International Artists

Suggested Transport Agents

Guide to Selling