I do hope you have and if not then drop what your doing and take the afternoon off and head to the Royal Academy. It’s my new favourite place at the moment so when the exhibition opened I had to make the trip and I wasn’t the only one. It is the world’s largest open-submission contemporary exhibition for established as well as emerging artist. As a cornerstone of British culture the show offers art of all forms and show the most insightful & bright stars of the time. Everyone from art critics to families go to get a look in to the creative domain and I love it!
Booking your ticket before you go saves time and gives you a time slot to aim for, go early in the morning if you want to avoid the crowds. I rebelled a little and did the exhibition backwards starting in the Lecture Room and working around anticlockwise to end in Room 3, which conveniently has a bar at its centre. Lucky.
I have pretty traditional tastes when it comes to art so some of the super edgy contemporary stuff goes a little over my head (others make me laugh) but there really is something for everyone amongst the 1,200 works of art. Here are just a couple of the piece that make it on to my wish list for my walls.
874 De Luz Tenue By Beatriz Elorza Acrylic & Oil £7,200
1192 Weeping Beech, Brooklyn Botanic Garden By Mitch Epstein Photograph £14,100
614 Little Tantric Bird By Dan Rizzle Mixed Media £840
649 Untitled By Gert and Uwe Tobias Woodcut on Canvas £52,000
797 Achiote By Gillian Ayres Woodcut on Japanese Paper £6,600
877 Sarah and the rustins still life By Ken Howard Oil £38,000
962 Does a one legged By Reece Jones Linocut £460
1055 Chair Maquette By Katherine Morling Porcelain £200
1173 I think one day I’ll slip away By Doug Aitken LightBox
686 Grand Pier By Dominic Mallin & Laura McEwen Mixed Media Collage £450
930 Conversations in London By Patricia Adderley Drypoint £230
If you haven’t been yet there is plenty of time it’s on till August 21st and if you are lucky enough to buy something from the exhibition (full catalogue available to purchase online) then I’d love to know! Art really is for everyone lots of these pricey originals have cheaper prints available or you can even get lots of them in postcards too. You don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy art.