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#MemberMasterclass: Art competitions - Worth the effort? LIVE from the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

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Date: Aug. 8, 2019, 5 p.m. - Aug. 8, 2019, 5:30 p.m. UK time (see time converter)

Location: Online - your computer / tablet / smartphone

Speakers: Susan J Mumford

Price: FREE for Members

LIVE webinar time (a replay will also be available for BSAA Members): 
9.00-9.30am PT / 11.00-11.30am CT / 12.00-12.30pm ET / 5.00-5.30pm UK 


In this month’s #MemberMasterclass, Susan heads to the Royal Academy’s 251st Summer Exhibition. With over 1,500 works on display including pieces by Royal Academicians and the general public alike, is paying to submit works worth the price? (See the full press release below.)

Join this immersive visit to get Susan’s art world insider insight… plus discover new perspective and connect with peers, as ever!

Participate + Connect + Grow.

About the series:

The #MemberMasterclass is a shot of accessible online learning specifically designed for to BSAA Members. Each month, Susan offers insider insight, increasingly providing virtual accessibility to art world happenings, at times incorporating guest speakers and/or exhibitions, and continually addressing hot and pressing topics. In revealing how the art world works, this program will help you develop the knowledge, tools and awareness to successfully navigate your career. Meet artists, curators & other art world peers, view exhibitions and spaces, and expand your knowledge – creative and professional alike – all within easy reach on your chosen tech device.

About the Speaker/s:

 is a game-changer in the 21st Century art world. She’s an entrepreneur in the art, tech and training space. While running her own gallery in Soho, London, she founded the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), an international non-profit membership network that facilitates business and collaborations with members operating to high professional standards. This was followed by the creation of Be Smart About Art, an online-accessible professional development platform based out of London that helps creative professionals thrive in a changing world. In late 2015, her first book was published: Art is your life. Make it your living. In 2019, she’s launching a start-up, Artyml, that addresses anti-money laundering legislation hitting the art market in 2020.

Based in Lewes, East Sussex, Susan works locally, in London, around the UK, the USA, Continental Europe and online, running workshops, lectures and courses, delivering 1-2-1 sessions, facilitating panel discussions, judging prizes and more.

Follow her on social media @susanjmumford 

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Summer Exhibition 2019

Main Galleries and The McAulay Gallery

10 June – 12 August 2019


Acclaimed British painter, Jock McFadyen RA will be the co-ordinator of the 251st Summer Exhibition in 2019. This year’s committee members are Royal Academicians Stephen Chambers, Anne Desmet, Hughie O’Donoghue, Timothy Hyman, Barbara Rae, Bob and Roberta Smith, Jane and Louise Wilson and Richard Wilson. Spencer de Grey will curate the Architecture Gallery. The Summer Exhibition Committee will be chaired by the President of the Royal Academy, Christopher Le Brun.


As co-ordinator of the 2019 Summer Exhibition, Jock McFadyen intends to build on the exhibition’s momentum of success, where it has provided a unique platform for artists at all stages of their career to present recent work. “The focus this year will be on artwork in all media which responds to the contemporary world. I hope to welcome back many of the artists who have been exhibiting at the Royal Academy over the last few years and look forward to presenting new artists in the exhibition.”


The Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show which has taken place every year without interruption since 1769. The members of the Summer Exhibition Committee serve in rotation, ensuring that every year the exhibition has a distinctive character, with each Royal Academician responsible for a particular gallery space. Works from all over the world are judged democratically on merit and the final selection is made during the eight-day hang in the galleries.


The Royal Academy now invites artists to take part and submit their work for a chance for it to feature in the 251 st Summer Exhibition. Entries are now open: (Submission deadline: 13 February 2019). This year, the Royal Academy expects to receive up to 15,000 entries. Around 1200 works, in a range of media, will go on display, the majority of which will be for sale offering visitors an opportunity to purchase original work. A significant part of funds raised continue to contribute to financing the postgraduate students at the RA Schools.


Sponsor’s Statement

Insight is extremely proud to continue its association with the Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibition. As the stage is set for its 251st year, Jock McFadyen’s appointment as coordinator shall ensure, without question, that the qualities of relevance, accessibility and modernity that define this unique showcase of contemporary art continue to challenge, inspire and endure.


About Jock McFadyen RA

Jock McFadyen was born in Paisley in 1950. He moved to England in 1966 and studied at Chelsea School of Art from 1973-77. In 1981 he was appointed Artist in Residence at the National Gallery in London and in 1991, he made a solo exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in response to the end of the Berlin Wall. In 1992, he designed sets and costumes for Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s last ballet The Judas Tree at The Royal Opera House. He has had over 40 solo exhibitions since 1978 and his work is held by 30 public collections including the Tate, V&A and the British Museum as well as private and corporate collections in Britain and abroad. McFadyen currently lives and works in London and Edinburgh. He and was elected a Royal Academician in 2012.


Dates and Opening Hours

Monday 10 June – Monday 12 August 2019 10am – 6pm daily (last admission 5.30pm)

Late night opening: Fridays until 10pm (last admission 9.30pm)

Images Publicity images for the Summer Exhibition 2019 can be obtained from Picselect, the Press Association’s image service for press use. Please register at and once registered go to the Royal Academy folder in the Arts section of Picselect.


History of the Summer Exhibition

One of the founding principles of the Royal Academy of Arts was to “mount an annual exhibition open to all artists of distinguished merit” to finance the training of young artists in the Royal Academy Schools. The Summer Exhibition has been held every year without interruption since 1769 and continues to play a significant part in raising funds to finance the students of the RA Schools. The RA Schools is the longest established art school in the UK and offers the only free three-year postgraduate programme in Europe. As the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show, the Summer Exhibition provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their works to an international audience, comprising a range of media from painting and printmaking to photography, sculpture, architecture and film. Royal Academicians are automatically entitled to submit up to six works to the Summer Exhibition and the rest of the exhibition features work by those invited by the committee and external entrants.


Social Media Join the discussion about the exhibition online at:

Facebook /royalacademy Instagram @royalacademyarts Twitter @royalacademy #RASummer


About the Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts was founded by King George III in 1768. It has a unique position in being an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects whose purpose is to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists. Its public programme promotes the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.


The Royal Academy launched a new campus as part of the celebrations of its 250th anniversary year in 2018. Following a transformative redevelopment, designed by the internationally-acclaimed architect Sir David Chipperfield RA and supported by the National Lottery, the new Royal Academy of Arts reveals more of the elements that make the RA unique – sharing with the public historic treasures from its Collection, the work of its Royal Academicians and the Royal Academy Schools, and its role as a centre for learning and debate about art and architecture – alongside its world-class exhibitions programme.