Royal Academy : Summer Exhibition 2013 : Buying Art from £20


Royal Academy of Arts : Family Workshops

I often wonder how many people out there just don’t realise how much you can get for free from this incredible British institution. You might know that we rate the RA’s family workshops & holiday activities up there in our all time favourite museum days out. The team consistently produce brilliant workshops, aimed at the whole family, with children of all ages, and levels of experience. Their team are always well briefed, incredibly helpful and devoted to you having a great time for as long as you want to stay and work-shop.

RA : The Collection

If you don’t get lucky to join in a workshop, make time to visit and take in a few of the treasures from their collection of British Art ranging from the 18th century to the present day. They exhibit paintings, and sculpture including works by Turner, Gainsborough, Constable, Flaxman, Leighton, Waterhouse, Sargent, Spencer and Hockney.

Summer Exhibition : 10th June to 18th August

The world’s largest open-entry exhibition returns with all the colour and eclecticism it has become famous for. With more than 1,000 works in all styles and media to take in, it’s a wonderful snap shot of international contemporary art featuring high profile and emerging artists side by side.

Highlights include a new large-scale sculpture by Anthony Caro RA, tapestries by Grayson Perry RA and a portraiture room with new works by Frank Auerbach, Tom Phillips RA, Michael Craig-Martin RA and Alex Katz.

The Annenberg Courtyard features a shimmering, metallic ‘wall-hanging’ across the façade by artist El Anatsui and large carved stone sculptures by the artist John Maine RA.

Buying Art at the Summer Exhibition

The majority of the works in the Summer Exhibition are available to buy, offering an unrivalled opportunity to buy work by high profile and emerging artists.

This year prices range from just £20 to £450,000. The money raised from the commission of sales goes towards the funding of the RA Schools and the programme of exhibitions.

Installation view of Gallery I, Summer Exhibition 2013
Installation view of Gallery I, Summer Exhibition 2013 Photo: Benedict Johnson

Prices and other information about the works for sale are published in the List of Works.

To purchase works, please visit the dedicated sales desk which is located just outside the entrance to the exhibition. Summer Exhibition sales enquiries: Please telephone 020 7300 5683 (from Monday 10 June)*

Please note that the sales enquiries telephone line can be extremely busy, so you might prefer to purchase works in person at the Royal Academy. It is not possible to leave messages on this number.

For general enquiries please e-mail

Academy Framing 
As a special offer, prints purchased from the Summer Exhibition will be framed, on production of the sales receipt, at a 15% discount on the normal cost of framing.