OK, let me state at the start that this blog post is not about the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. No, it’s about the Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibition, in London from 7th June to 15th August 2011.
Their website says, “The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art exhibition. Now in its 242nd year, the exhibition continues the tradition of showcasing work by both emerging and established artists in all media including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and film.” Note the word “photography“.
To have work accepted by the Royal Academy for their Summer Exhibition is a real achievement, as they get over 10,ooo works submitted. As they say, “Nothing ventured…”
I decided to enter two of my Fine Art Photography “Invisible Beauty” Bokeh series. I’ve mentioned these before, and they don’t look like photographs at all. As you can see from the image above, they are much more like abstract paintings. The images I am entering are printed on aluminium laminate and are 1 metre wide, and there’s the complication… Works have to be delivered to the Academy in an unwrapped/unpackaged condition, which rules out most couriers, so I’m taking them myself.
It was interesting deciding what category they were, as different types of works need to be delivered on different days. After some discussion with the RA it we agreed that they were, as unframed images mounted on aluminium, best categorised as “Unglazed works”.
To keep them in great condition I’ve had to get some corner protectors and side protection foam. With the foam on, the two works just fit into my exhibition board carrying case; it might have been made for them. There’s no parking at the RA so it’s down to public transport. I’ve sorted out a route which involves no changes of Tube line, which will be useful with a large bag to lug around.
So off to the RA I go, and I’ll keep you posted as to how I get on. Wish me luck!
PS Once the works are safely delivered, I’ll be free to spend some time in London doing some street photography with my Panasonic GF1 and 20mm lens. It’s a perfect combination for that.