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If there is one event that should be praised for its longevity, it is the RA Summer Exhibition. The Royal Academy of Arts has held this annual event without fail since 1769, and is a way of raising funds for the next generation of artists. It has an open submission policy, encouraging upcoming talent, and giving them the chance to get their foot on the ladder.

With over a thousand works, the RA Summer Exhibitions accepts every medium you can imagine: painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture, film, and so on. Each year, entries are judged, and the winner gets pride of place in the courtyard of Burlington House. This year, the award goes to El Anatsui, whose large wall-hanging sculpture adorns the front of the Academy.

The 245th Summer Exhibition is on now and runs until the 18th August. As well as the courtyard, artwork is displayed in the Central Hall, Lecture Room, Western rooms, and no less than ten galleries. Many of these works are available to buy, and suit any budget, with prices starting at 20 reaching a whopping 450,000.

There will be events throughout the season, and these include a tour on the 5th July by artist and cookery guru, Sue Kreitzman. Highlighting five of her favourite showcased pieces, the tour will begin in the courtyard at 7pm, and is free of charge. There will also be free family tours throughout July, plus a number of craft workshops, and children's tales.

Entry to the exhibition is 10 adults, 9 concessions, 8 students, 6 12-18s, and free for under 12. However, you can get a great offer for afternoon tea, which includes a ticket, for 24.50. Alternatively, you can book a full dinner at one of several restaurants.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 18th Aug
Phone: 020 7300 8000
Where: Burlington House
Cost: 10 adult, 9 concessions, 8 students, 6 12-18s, free for under 12s
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