2018 marked the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the world’s longest running annual display of contemporary art. Held since 1769, the exhibition displays works by emerging and contemporary artists.

The beauty of the exhibition is that entry is open to all artists and work across all media. Last year’s collection of 1300 artworks ranged from painting to photography and architecture to film and sculpture.

In addition, all the work on display at the Summer Exhibition is for sale and many of the works are available to buy online.

In 2018, the Exhibition extended beyond the walls of the Royal Academy. As you walked down Regent Street, Bond Street and other streets in the West End, an installation of over 200 flags designed by Royal Academicians hovered overhead.

Royal Academy flags in Regent Street in 2018

One of the more unusual exhibits at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018