Summer Exhibition 2020



Entry to the Summer Exhibition 2020 has now closed. 

Please see below an outline of the Entry process

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 2019? 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 £35 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 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.


Cost and deadlines

The entry fee is non-refundable. If you 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 23:59 (GMT) on 17 February 2020 at the latest. We will not accept any late submissions.

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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Summer Exhibition 2020

We are happy to announce that this year’s exhibition will open to the public on 6 October


Delivery of shortlisted works

This year in order to safely accommodate social distancing we will be using a timed booking system for the delivery of artworks to the RA. You or your agent will need to book a delivery slot online and further information about this will be available shortly.


Wednesday 19 August, 8am – 5pm


Thursday 20 August, 8am – 5pm

All other works

Tuesday 25 August, 8am – 5pm

Wednesday 26 August, 8am – 5pm


Collection of rejected Works

All categories

28 September – 16 October  (opening times to be confirmed)



We will post updates and email all entrants whose works have been shortlisted as soon as fuller information is available

2020 Timeline

The results of the digital round of judging have been announced.

You can check the status of your artwork by logging into your account.

Summer Exhibition Coordinators 2020

Jane and Louise Wilson

"We’re very excited to be coordinating this year’s summer show alongside fellow Royal Academicians."

To find out more click here.

Summer Exhibition Selection and Hanging Committee 2020

Sonia Boyce, Eileen Cooper, Richard Deacon, Stephen Farthing, Eva Jiricna, Isaac Julien and David Remfry

Office Hours

The Summer Exhibition Office is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm. If you have a query regarding the submission process please see our FAQ above, or  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

Suggested Transport Agents

VAT Information - International Artists

Guide to Selling


Awards and Prizes in 2020 will include

The Royal Academy of Arts Charles Wollaston Award
£25,000 awarded by a panel of judges appointed by the President and Council for the most distinguished work in the exhibition

The Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture 
£10,000 for a sculpture

The Jerwood London Original Print Fair Prize
£10,000 for a print in any medium

The British Institution Awards for Students 
Two prizes of £5,000 and £3,000 for work across a comprehensive range of creative disciplines from painting to architecture

The Hugh Casson Drawing Prize 
£5,000 for an original work on paper in any medium, where the emphasis is clearly on drawing

The Sunny Dupree Family Award for a Woman Artist 
£4,000 for a painting or sculpture

The Arts Club Award 
£2,500 awarded to an artist aged 35 or under for a work in any medium except architecture