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From lobster robots to cats in space, the first ever Young Artists’ Summer Show is filled with inspiring artworks by talented young artists aged 7-19 from the UK and beyond. Selected by artists from over 6200 submissions, enjoy an extravaganza of drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and video in the 329 artworks in this online exhibition.

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About the project

Taking our inspiration from the Summer Exhibition, the world’s largest open-submission exhibition, and building on the success of the A-Level Summer Exhibition Online, the Young Artists’ Summer Show will recognise artworks made by talented young artists at primary and secondary school level.

Selected artists will have their work exhibited online or onsite at the Royal Academy, with special prizes also awarded.

Submitted artworks will be judged in key stage groups by panels of art experts including Royal Academicians, RA curators and RA Schools students. The exhibition will be curated by Royal Academician Bob and Roberta Smith. Meet the judges.

The Young Artists’ Summer Show will be online from 10 June – 31 December 2019, and a selection of these artworks will be on display at the RA from 14 July – 4 August 2019.


Prizes will be awarded for two inspiring artworks from each key stage, as chosen by President of the Royal Academy, Christopher le Brun. Students will receive vouchers for art materials plus a free practical workshop for their school.

We’ll also hold a People’s Choice award, where members of the public can vote for their favourite artwork. The winner will receive the same prizes.

The judges

A panel of passionate and award-winning artists and arts professionals are waiting to see your artwork.

Read more about this year's judges

Primary school judges

Jane and Louise Wilson RA


Andria Zafirakou

2018 Global Teacher Prize Winner

Molly Bretton

RA Head of Families, Access and Schools

Rachel Jones

RA Schools student

Secondary school judges

Bob and Roberta Smith RA


Mark Hampson

Artist and Head of Fine Art Processes at the RA Schools

Agnieszka Szczotka

RA Schools student

Richard Lockett

RA Schools student

Key dates

Registration and submission

4 February – 8 May 2019


May 2019

Online exhibition

10 June – 31 December 2019

Exhibition at the RA

14 July – 4 August 2019