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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.

To take part in the Young Artists’ Summer Show, a teacher must first register their school. Once a school is registered, artworks can be submitted online by students (over 13 years) or on their behalf by a teacher, their parent or guardian. Submitted artworks will be judged by a panel of art experts including Royal Academicians, RA curators and RA Schools students, with prizes awarded within each key stage.

Take a look at last year’s online exhibition here.

Key dates

Registration opens

6 January 2020

Submission deadline

24 April 2020


May 2020

Exhibition open

12 July 2020

“Nothing could prepare me for when we found my art on the walls of the Royal Academy, all I could do was smile and squeak with joy! I was so proud and I could see all my family were so proud of me as well. It was a day I will never forget.”

Eva, Year 5

Eva, Year 5, views her work at the Royal Academy.


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

Read more about the judges

Primary school judges

Bob and Roberta Smith, Artist

Bob and Roberta Smith RA


Rebecca Lyons, Director of Learning and Collections

Rebecca Lyons

Director of Learning and Collections

Sofía Clausse, RA Schools Student

Sofía Clausse

RA Schools student

Millie Layton, RA Schools Student

Millie Layton

RA Schools student

Secondary school judges

Cathie Pilkington RA, Artist

Cathie Pilkington RA


Eliza Bonham Carter, Curator & Head of RA Schools

Eliza Bonham Carter

Curator & Head of RA Schools

Catinca Malaimare, RA Schools Student

Catinca Malaimare

RA Schools student

James Lomax, RA Schools Student

James Lomax

RA Schools student


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.

Frequently asked questions

Find everything you need to know about the Young Artists' Summer Show.

Read the FAQs
Duha, Year 10, painting in class.

“Being in the Young Artists’ Summer Show was a new and exciting experience for me. It’s given me confidence to continue with my artwork.”

Duha, Year 10

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.

Find out more