Octopus, by Selena

2021 online exhibition now open

From sandwiches to cyclopes, magical sewing boxes and ships in soup, the artists featured in this, the third year of the Young Artists’ Summer Show, have astounded us once again.

Described by one judge as an “incredible abundance of making”, and thanks to the commitment of teachers championing art in education, we received over 33,000 submissions from across the UK and beyond. Our judges were overwhelmed by the talent on display, and all expressed how difficult they found selecting the 572 artworks now exhibited online.

Made by young artists aged 5–19, this exhibition is filled with the imagination, insight and curiosity of young people - something that is more vital than ever.

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Now on free display at the RA

Want to be dazzled by the talent of young artists? Mask up and head to Mayfair to see a selection of nearly 300 artworks, now on free display at the RA until 8 August 2021. Curated by Dame Phyllida Barlow RA, come explore some of the drawings, paintings, photographs, video and sculpture chosen for the Young Artists’ Summer Show.

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