Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
The Summer Exhibition is an open
When the Royal Academy was founded in 1768 one of its key objectives was to establish an annual exhibition, open to all artists of merit, which could be visited by the public. The first Summer Exhibition took place in 1769; it has been held every year since without exception.
Today, around 1,000 works are selected each year from as many as 10,000 entries representing some 5,000 artists.[
For the 2006 exhibition, the academy received a statue and a plinth from David Hensel. By mistake, the two parts were judged independently, with the result that the statue was rejected and the plinth put on display.