Looking to inspire your little one’s passion for paintings?
Now in its third year at the Royal Academy of Arts, the Young Artists’ Summer Show is a free, open submission exhibition for young artists aged 5 - 19 years studying in the UK and British schools overseas.
Championing the importance of art in education and celebrating the teachers who foster creativity in young people, it’s a platform to show off the high quality and wide range of work produced by students, supported by philanthropist Robin Hambro.
Registration and submissions are now open. From 11th
January – 26th April 2021, students, parents and guardians can submit artworks to take part in the 2021 exhibition.
Judging of 2021 submissions will take place in May 2021, and the final exhibition will be available online (and onsite, once galleries can safely reopen) from 11th July 2021.
Keep scrolling to learn more about how you can get your little one involved. Or, go straight to registration and submission.
View the 2020 Young Artists' exhibition online.
How do I take part?
To take part, teachers must first register their school. We recommend you speak to your teacher today to tell them all about it.
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.
Registration and submissions to take part in the 2021 exhibition are open from 11th January – 26th April 2021.
Register or submit artworks.
How can I enter?
Submitting artwork is completely free and is done online.
Once your teacher has registered the school, 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.
Each student can submit up to three artworks of any type and there is no theme.
When you enter, the Royal Academy of Arts will ask for images 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 live exhibition in July 2021 at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Make a submission here.
What kind of artworks are accepted?
The artwork can be made using any medium (a word for the materials you’ve used to create your piece). 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 it doesn’t matter when the artwork was made as long as you are between 5-19 when you submit it. Collaborative pieces made by more than one student, a whole class, or even a whole year group are also welcome to be submitted!
If you are doing art at GCSE, A Level or BTEC level, the Royal Academy of Arts suggests entering artworks that won’t be part of your exams.
How does the judging work?
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.
When the judges make their selections, they choose which artworks will be shown online and which will be shown at the Royal Academy. Everyone who submits artworks will hear from the Royal Academy by the end of May.
Prizes are awarded each year for two inspiring artworks from each key stage, as chosen by the President of the Royal Academy, and you can also vote for your favourite artwork in our annual People’s Choice Award.
Take a look at the 2020 prize winning artworks.
Want to find out more? Or, have a question that hasn’t been answered? Read more about the project and check out the FAQs here.