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Inspired by our iconic Summer Exhibition, the Young Artists’ Summer Show offers primary and secondary level students the chance to exhibit their artwork at the RA – on site and online.

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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 13 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

Tim Marlow

RA Artistic Director

Secondary school judges

Bob and Roberta Smith RA


Eliza Bonham Carter

Curator and Head of 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

13 July – 4 August 2019