Ignore the torrential rain and gale force winds, Summer is here.  No it really must be, because the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017 has opened.  Every year for the past 249 years unknown artists have had the chance to hang works next door to the most well known artists of the day. Joshua Reynolds, founder of the RA, has his statue adorned with a garland for each Summer Exhibition – this time he has a sash and looks very dashing.

Summer Exhibition 2017

Inside the main gallery, the light streamed in from the skylights making it possible to forget the rain outside.

Summer Exhibiton 2017

Most of the 1,ooo works on display are for sale, the programme comes not only with details of the art and artists but also a price tag.  This makes my game of ‘what would you take home if you could?’ that I play in every gallery that I visit, just that bit more exciting here because if my piggy bank has enough in it, I just might.  These are the things that caught my eye and their price tags.

Summer Exhibiton 2017

£25,000 would buy me this Cornelia Parker sculpture, I love the way that it hangs on invisible wires.

Summer Exhibition 2017

These figures, an ensemble called Watching by Wendy Freestone, look quite large in this photo.

Summer Exhibition 2017

Step back and look at the wideshot and they are tiny, but I would get a lot of items for my £12,000.

Summer Exhibition 2017

This spiky chap is entitled the Art of Being Right.  Artist Lee Wagstaff has attached a price tag of £12,000.

Summer Exhibition 2017

This sailing ship reminded me of my great aunt’s jewellery box.  She had a mass of fake pearls and glitzy paste brooches, shame that most of them have gone now or I could tried to create my own, saving the £26,300 needed to buy Ann Carrington’s Pearl Ship.

Summer Exhibition 2017

Sadly my budget does not run to any of these.  Which would you choose?

For a recap of my visit to the Summer Exhibition in 2014, 2015 and 2016 click on the blue dates.


Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
13 June – 30 August 2017
Open: 10am – 6pm daily (Fridays 10pm)
Admission: Adults £14 includes a List of Works, concessions available



  1. June 12, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    I REALLY want to visit this. I love the colour outside. It’s probably even better on a dull day 🙂

    • Catherine
      June 12, 2017 / 2:27 pm

      It is a shame to be inside on a sunny day, so definitely better on a dull day!

  2. June 13, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    The weather has not been doing a good impression of summer recently – still, all the better to be indoors appreciating art. I have my eye on the piece with the guitar on bright pink from your first image… Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  3. June 13, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    Totally with you about the existence of actual price tags adding a bit of spice to the proceedings. That’s not an actual person under the hedgehog outfit, is it? Does he commit to coming along with you to your house?

  4. June 13, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    Nice pictures

  5. Wherejogoes
    June 13, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    I would choose ‘Watching’ as I like figures and have some similar ones. I’ve never been to the Summer exhibition I love the idea that everything is for sale it would be fun to guess the prices! #CityTripping

  6. pigeonpairandme
    June 14, 2017 / 10:43 am

    That pearl ship! I want one….

  7. June 17, 2017 / 1:25 am

    Fun! I love art exhibitions. It’s always interesting to see what price people put on a piece of art… one man’s junk is another man’s treasure… or something like that! #citytripping

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