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.

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2018 Timeline

The results of the first round of judging have now been emailed to all entrants. If you have not received your notification and have checked your Junk Email folder, please contact the Summer Exhibition team at
Make sure you write ‘Notification not received’ in the subject line of your email. You can also log in to your account to check the status of your work.

You should only deliver your work to the Academy for the final round of judging if you have received an email requesting you to do so.


15 March - first round (digital images)

26 May -  final round (shortlisted work)

Delivery of shortlisted works 

09 May    8am – 5pm

11 May    8am – 5pm

All other categories  
10 May     8am – 7pm

Please use the Burlington Gardens entrance to the West Yard (Postcode  W1S 3ET).

Please enter via the Piccadilly entrance to the Academy and use the white door in the top left-hand corner of the courtyard (Postcode W1J 0BD).

Summer Exhibition 2018 Coordinator

Grayson Perry

“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.”

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.


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.

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.


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Instructions for Entering Work

Video Tutorial: How To Photograph Your Work

How to Photograph Your Work

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