How do you get into the RA Summer Exhibition?

June 13 2013

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If you didn't see it, there was a splendidly crafted Culture Show programme on the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, still available on iPlayer. It shows how the Academicians select works from the thousands on offer - each work gets, it seems, a glance of seconds and, if rejected, is marked on the back with a crushing 'x' in chalk. There are moving sequences with three artists submitting works, including a delightful old lady called Nancy Thomas. 

Apparently anyone can have a go, and, intriguingly, presenter Alastair Sooke reveals himself to be a closet artist - at the beginning of the show he says he has submitted work to the RA himself. I wonder, should AHN submit something? Difficult, seeing as I struggle to draw even a smiley face.

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