Sarah Ball features in the 250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
In celebration of the Royal Academy's 250th anniversary, Grayson Perry RA coordinated the biggest, brightest and most colourful Summer Exhibition yet.
Each summer the Royal Academy galleries are jam-packed with contemporary art made by internationally renowned artists and exciting new talent. In 2018, Grayson Perry RA and his committee of fellow artists handpicked over 1,300 artworks in an array of mediums.
The Summer Exhibition included a monumental sculpture by Anish Kapoor RA in the RA courtyard, while vast new works by David Hockney RA and Joana Vasconcelos appeared in the galleries. Artists Mona Hatoum and Tal R showed alongside Royal Academicians including Wolfgang Tillmans, Mike Nelson, Tracey Emin and Rose Wylie and Honorary Academicians Bruce Nauman and Ed Ruscha.
The exhibition extended across the Royal Academy's newly-expanded cultural campus, with prints on display in The Sackler Wing of Galleries and a “room of humour” in the new Ronald and Rita McAulay Gallery featuring David Shrigley and Martin Parr. The art extravaganza even spilled out into the streets of London’s West End, with an installation of over 200 flags designed by Royal Academicians.
As always, most of the art was for sale and purchases helped the Royal Academy raise money for the Academy’s non-profit-making activities, including educating the next generation of artists in the Royal Academy Schools.