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This summer, the Royal Academy held their spectacular 250th Summer Exhibition. This glorious celebration of “art made now” was curated by the one-and-only Grayson Perry who boasted the “biggest, brightest and most colourful Summer Exhibition yet”.

The collection of more than 1,300 artworks included big names such as Tracey Emin, David Hockney and Mike Nelson sitting side by side with rising stars. The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition upholds its rich tradition as the world’s longest-running and largest open-submission show.

Formed in 1768 by an act of King George III, and founded by a passionate group of artists and architects, the Academy was formed to promote visual art to the British public and as a means for artists to promote their work independently. The Academy was established as a venue for exhibitions, lectures and classes and during the time of it’s first President, Joshua Reynolds, but the institution was confined to cramped quarters in Pall Mall.

After a stint in Somerset House and as part of the National Gallery, in 1868 the Academy moved to the stunning grade-II listed Burlington House - a must-visit for fans of Palladian architecture

For those of you that missed out on this year’s spectacular show, here are five of our favourite pieces:

1) Debbie Lawson: Red Bear

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2) Mickey Rooney: Royal Progress

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3) Ron Arad: “WHERE ARE MY GLASSES”

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4) Ben Johnson: Dome of the Rock, Facade

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5) Joanna Vasconcelos: Royal Valkyrie

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