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.
The deadline for submitting artworks has now passed. Please note, we are currently receiving high volumes of calls and emails, if you have been in touch we will respond to you as soon as possible.
The results of the first round of judging will be sent out on Thursday 15th March. Shortlisted works should be delivered to the Academy for the final round of judging.
09 May 8am – 5pm
11 May 8am – 5pm
All other categories
10 May 8am – 7pm
15 March - first round (digital images)
26 May – final round (shortlisted work)
“Fellow artists! 2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy, so the Summer Exhibition will celebrate a quarter of a millennium of artistic innovation. As coordinator, I have decided that the theme of the show will be ‘Art Made Now’. I want to champion the democracy of the exhibition and show off the diversity of art being made in this moment, so I encourage you to submit works that you have made in 2017/18. I am also planning a special ‘Room of Fun’ in a newly built part of the Academy, so the committee may well look favourably on artworks that we find amusing.”
Phyllida Barlow, Piers Gough, Allen Jones, David Mach, Humphrey Ocean, Chris Orr, Cornelia Parker, Tom Phillips, Conrad Shawcross and Emma Stibbon.
Piers Gough is coordinating the architecture gallery and aims to create a room of models at eye level. He encourages architects to enter three dimensional works of "all sizes and scales ... from rough ideas up to fully finished, in any medium" and, ideally, robust enough to be exhibited without protective covers.
Emma Stibbon and Chris Orr are coordinating the print rooms and are keen to explore the range of techniques being used by printmakers today, from traditional methods such as etching to 3D printing and short experimental animations.
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.