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Summer at the RA

See inside the artists’ studios before you visit

“My space is purely a workshop. Total chaos. Not the kind of studio where I go in, make a cup of tea and smoke a pipe” Brian Catling RA


With our celebration of new and recent art well underway, we asked the artists whose work you can see filling our Main Galleries in the Summer Exhibition 2017 to share their stories, advice and photos of the studios where their works were made. Read the article online.

The variety of their responses reflects the variety on offer in the show this year, with over 1,000 works in all media, from painting, printmaking, film and photography to sculpture, architectural works and performance art.

Summer Exhibition is open until 20 August. Friends of the RA go free.

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Summer Exhibition Explorer

Browse art online with our Summer Exhibition Explorer

Pick out your highlights from over 1,000 artworks and purchase many of the print editions online with our Summer Exhibition Explorer.

Summer Exhibition Illustrated

Summer Exhibition Illustrated

The Summer Illustrated catalogue, highlights this year’s selection, masterminded by Eileen Cooper RA. Visit the Royal Academy Shop on Piccadilly or browse and buy online.

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Images: The Summer Exhibition 2017 © Royal Academy of Arts. Photo: David Parry; Photo: Matt Humphrey;