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From lobster robots to cats in space, the first-ever Young Artists’ Summer Show features inspiring artworks by talented young artists aged 7–19 from the UK and beyond. The works were selected by an expert panel of artist-judges who chose from 6,200 submissions. They whittled the entries down to 329 artworks for this online exhibition which showcases drawing, painting, photography, video and sculpture.

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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 recognises artworks made by talented young artists at primary and secondary school level.

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

The Young Artists’ Summer Show ran as an exhibition in the Clore Learning Centre from 14 July – 4 August 2019, and will be online here from 10 June – 31 December 2019.

To find out how to get your school involved next year, or to hear more about the Young Artists’ Summer Show, join our mailing list here.


Prizes were awarded for two inspiring artworks from each key stage, as chosen by President of the Royal Academy, Christopher le Brun. Members of the public were also able to vote for their favourite artworks in the People’s Choice Awards. All prize winners received vouchers for art materials plus a free practical workshop for their school. You can see all ten prize-winning works in the online gallery.

The judges

A panel of expert award-winning artists and arts professionals selected the chosen artworks to exhibit either online or on-site at the Royal Academy.

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

The Young Artists Summer Show 2019 online exhibition runs until 31st December 2019.

Next years’ show:

Registration and submission opens January 2020

Judging May 2020

Online exhibition 15 June – 31 December 2020

Exhibition at the RA July 2020