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Submissions have now closed for the 2022 exhibitions. Sign up to our mailing list to hear more about the Young Artists' Summer Show and get involved next year.

How does it work?

The Young Artists’ Summer Show is a free, open submission exhibition for young artists aged 4 - 19 years studying in the UK.

To take part, teachers must first register their school. Next, students, their parents/guardians or their teachers can submit artworks. These artworks are then judged by a panel of artists and arts professionals with selected artworks displayed online and on-site at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Key dates for 2022

Registration and submission open

10 January - 30 March 2022

Judging

May 2022

Online exhibition opens

19 July 2022

Display at the RA open

19 July - 14 August 2022

Who can take part?

Students aged 4-19 studying in the UK can enter artworks. Homeschooled students are welcome to submit too. Read more about submitting as a homeschool.

How can I enter?

Submitting artwork is completely free and is done online. First, a teacher needs to register your school. Once the school is registered, your artwork 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 artwork yourself.

Each student can submit one artwork and there is no theme. When you enter, we’ll ask for an image of your artwork plus some information about the piece such as title, size, and a little text about the artwork and why you made it. Your artwork will be seen by our panel of judges and the selected pieces will be shown in our online exhibition. Some of the artworks will also be shown at the Royal Academy of Arts.

“Having my work in the Royal Academy of Arts is something I never would have thought was going to happen, but I'm here now. I'm so grateful for this experience.”

Omotayo, Year 12

Omotayo, Year 12

What kind of artworks do you accept?

The artwork can be made using any material; it can be a painting, sculpture, photograph, installation, video, drawing, or a combination. There is no theme so artworks can be of any subject and we don’t mind when you made the artwork as long as you are between 4-19 years old when you submit it. We also welcome collaborative pieces made by more than one student, a whole class, a whole year group or even a whole school! If you’re submitting as or for a student at GCSE, A Level or BTEC level, we suggest submitting artwork that is not being assessed for exams.

How does the judging work?

All of the artworks are viewed and judged by a panel of experienced and passionate artists and arts professionals, who work together to select which artworks will be shown online and which will be shown at the Royal Academy. Previous judging panels have included Royal Academicians Cathie Pilkington, Bob and Roberta Smith and Phyllida Barlow.

Everyone who submits artwork will hear from us about the judges’ selection by the end of May 2022.

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. Take a look at the 2021 prize winning artworks.

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