Summer Exhibition 2021



Entry to the Summer Exhibition 2021 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 2020? 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 24 May at the latest. We will not accept any late submissions.


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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The results of the first round of judging have now been sent out.

If you have not yet received yours, you can check the status of your submission by logging into your artist account.

If your work has been shortlisted, please deliver it to the Academy for the final round of judging.


Delivery of shortlisted works

Please note that you will need to book a delivery slot. We will shortly send you a link to our booking site.

Architecture and Sculpture  

Monday 9 August, 8am-4pm

All other categories

Wednesday 11 August and Thursday 12 August, 8am-4pm


Please use the Burlington Gardens entrance to the West Yard of the RA.


Please use the Piccadilly entrance to the RA and go through the white door in the top left-hand corner of the courtyard.


Selection and Hanging Commitee 2021

David Adjaye, Tony Bevan, Vanessa Jackson, Mali Morris, Humphrey Ocean, Eva Rothschild, Bob and Roberta Smith, 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 see our FAQ above, or  Contact Us and we will respond within three working days. 


Helpful Links

Terms and Conditions of Entry

Instructions for Entering Work

Exhibition Schedule

Video Tutorial: How To Photograph Your Work

How to Photograph Your Work

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VAT Information - International Artists

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