FAQs

Want to know more about the Young Artists’ Summer Show? Here’s a list of frequently asked questions. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please contact us.

Taking part

Who can take part?

Students aged 5-19 attending school in the UK or a British International School overseas can enter artworks.

The school students attend can also be a homeschool. Homeschooling parents, guardians and teachers will need to register as teachers and add the details of their homeschool by ticking the 'School not listed/homeschool' box on the registration page.

I attend a British International school, can I submit?

Yes, the Young Artists’ Summer Show is open to students attending schools based in the UK and as well as British international schools.

Can I participate if my school hasn’t registered?

To participate a teacher has to register your school first. Once your school is registered you can create an account and submit your artwork.

What are the prizes?

Prizes are awarded each year for two inspiring artworks from each key stage, as chosen by the President of the Royal Academy. You can also vote for your favourite artwork in our annual People’s Choice Award. All prize winners will receive vouchers for art materials plus a free practical workshop for their school. Take a look at the 2020 prize winning artworks.

Registering a school

How do I register a school?

A school must be registered by a teacher before anyone from that school can submit. Teachers, you’ll need to create an account and select your school from the list. Next, follow the instructions on the confirmation email to activate your account. Once the account is activated, the school is registered and artworks can be submitted.

I am a teacher and I registered last year, can I use the same log in?

If you’re still at the same school, yes, you can use the same login details. You will need to log in to activate your account before students from your school can submit. If you have moved to a new school, please create a new account with your new school email.

Submitting artworks

How do I submit?

Submitting artwork is completely free and is done online. First, a teacher will need to register your school. Once the school is registered, your artworks can be submitted. If you’re 12 or under, a teacher or parent/guardian will need to enter for you; if you’re 13 or over you can submit artworks yourself.

What type of artwork can I submit?

We've written some guidance you can download on the kinds of artwork the judges are looking for when they review submissions. Artworks can be made of any materials; anything from a painting, sculpture, photograph, installation or video piece. There is no theme so artworks can be of any subject.

Do you have to pay to submit an artwork?

No! Participating in the Young Artists’ Summer Show is free.

Can I send a submission by post?

Submissions are done online only. Please do not send any artwork to the Royal Academy.

Does the artwork need to have been created this year?

No, we don’t mind when you made the artwork as long as you are between 5-19 when you submit it.

Can I submit a collaborative artwork?

Yes! We welcome collaborative artwork entries and there is no limit to the number of students involved. The artwork can be made by more than one student, a whole class, or even a whole year group! To submit this kind of artwork, choose a student to enter for the first step and on the artwork form use the ‘alias’ field to add the details of the artists involved.

Can I submit an artwork that is part of a GCSE, A Level or BTEC exam?

We are aware that the exhibition dates clash with the examination period for GCSE, A Level and BTEC students. Applicants within these year groups are encouraged to submit alternative artwork to avoid any issues.

How do you submit a video?

To submit a video, you need to upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo and add the sharing URL link to the submission form. To use these sites you’ll be required to agree to their terms and conditions.

Can I edit or delete an artwork submission?

Yes, you can edit or delete an artwork submission when you’re logged in to your account; on each submission there is an edit and delete option. If you want to delete an artwork after the submission deadline, please contact us.

Selection and exhibition

How are the artworks judged?

All of the artworks are viewed and judged by a panel of artists and art professionals. There are two sets of judges, one for artworks made by primary students and one for secondary. Each panel consists of a Royal Academician, a member of Royal Academy staff and two Royal Academy Schools students. When the judges make their selections, they choose which artworks will be shown online and which will be shown at the Royal Academy.

When will I find out if my artwork has been chosen for the exhibition?

All individuals who have submitted artworks will receive an update on the status of their artwork submission by the end of May 2021.

If my artwork is selected for the on-site exhibition, how do I arrange for the artwork to be delivered?

If your artwork is chosen for the on-site exhibition we will be in touch with further details regarding the artwork delivery and collection.

Troubleshooting

I haven’t received my account activation email.

Start by checking your junk mail. If it’s not there, request a new email. If this doesn’t work and you’re a teacher, please check with your school IT department as it may be a firewall issue. Otherwise, contact us.

I am having problems submitting my artwork image.

Double check your files are 5MB or less and are one of the following formats: JPG, PNG, GIF.

If you want to submit a file that is not a JPG, PNG or GIF, you can use a file converter website to change your file so it will upload.

General questions

Can I buy an artwork from the Young Artists’ Summer Show?

The RA does not sell artworks on behalf of the artists but we are able to put you in touch directly with the artist to see if their artwork is available and for sale. If you are interested in buying an artwork from the Young Artists’ Summer Show, please contact us.

May we have a logo and/or a press release to use in our newsletters or on social media?

Download a copy of our 2021 logo. For press and media enquiries, please contact us.