2018 marks 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 ethos of the exhibition is that it should be truly democratic. Entry is open to all artists and work across all media. This year’s collection of 1300 artworks ranges from painting to photography and architecture to film and sculpture.

Amongst the more famous names, there are new works by Anish Kapoor, David Hockney and Tracey Emin.

Where the Summer Exhibition differs from other events is in the fact that all the work on display is for sale. In fact, for the first time since 2017, many of the works are also now available to buy online.

But the Exhibition isn’t confined to within the walls of the Royal Academy. Wander down Regent Street, Bond Street and other streets in the West End to gaze up at an installation of over 200 flags designed by Royal Academicians.

Royal Academy flags in Regent Street

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