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The Young Artists’ Summer Show is an open submission exhibition, taking place both online and on-site at the Royal Academy, that recognises talented young artists at primary and secondary school level. Following a successful first year in 2019 with over 6200 artwork submissions from schools across the UK and beyond, the Young Artists’ Summer Show returns in 2020. Download and share a poster about the project here.
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Key dates

Registration opens

6 January 2020

Submission deadline

24 April 2020


May 2020

Exhibition open

12 July 2020

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About the project

For more than 250 years, the Royal Academy has been run by artists, with art and creativity at its heart. We are committed to leading the way in championing the importance of the arts and creative thinking in education.

Taking inspiration from the annual Summer Exhibition, the Young Artists’ Summer Show is an opportunity for young artists aged 5 - 19 years to exhibit their work online and on-site at the Royal Academy.

Submitted artworks will be judged by age group by a panel of art experts including Royal Academicians, RA curators and RA Schools students, with prizes awarded within each key stage.

From 6 January 2020, teachers will be able to register their school. Once a school is registered, students can submit their artworks online until the deadline on 24 April 2020.

Take a look at last year’s exhibition here.


Prizes will be awarded for two inspiring artworks from each key stage, as chosen by the judges. Members of the public will also be able to vote for their favourite artwork in the People’s Choice Awards. All prize winners will receive vouchers for art materials plus a free practical workshop for their school.

It is humbling for the creativity of our students and the hard work from our staff to be recognised by such an important institution. Art truly makes us all powerful!

Teacher of Graphics and Art, Highfield School

Being in the Young Artists' Summer Show has been such an incredible experience and I will never forget it in my whole life

Amelia, YASS exhibitor, Year 7

2019 Judges

A panel of passionate and award-winning artists and arts professionals judge the artworks.

Read more about 2019 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

More for teachers and schools

Browse all upcoming events for teachers including private views, practical workshops and conferences.

Download the latest resources about our exhibitions and permanent Collection and get more information about our programme of school workshops and tours.

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Visitors browse the collection at the Royal Academy