Following long Academy tradition, the exhibition is curated by an annually rotating committee of Royal Academicians who are all practising artists and architects. Any artist may enter work for selection – over 12,000 works are submitted for consideration every year and around 1200 are exhibited. The Academy works hard to encourage a diverse range of artists to enter and, as a result, well over 100 artists are included every year who have not previously exhibited in the Summer Exhibition.

The show provides an unrivalled opportunity for exhibitors to sell their work and have it seen by the 200,000 visitors that the exhibition draws during its three-month run; all artists are strongly encouraged to enter work that is available for sale. The Academy is unique among major international art institutions in that it is governed by eminent artists and architects, and receives no government funding. The commission on sales supports its diverse programme of exhibitions and the Royal Academy Schools.

A total of over £60,000 is awarded for works in the Summer Exhibition; awards include The Royal Academy of Arts Charles Wollaston Award (£25,000) for the most distinguished work in the exhibition, The Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture (£10,000) for a sculpture, The Sunny Dupree Family Award for a Woman Artist (£3,500) for the best painting or sculpture by a woman artist, The Hugh Casson Drawing Prize (£3000) for an original work on paper in any medium, where the emphasis is clearly on drawing, The London Original Print Fair Prize (£2000) for a print in any medium, The Rose Award for Photography (£1000) for a photograph or series of photographs, Lend Lease/Architects’ Journal Awards (£15,000) comprising at £10,000 Grand Award for architecture and £5000 for the best work by a first-time exhibitor in the Summer Exhibition.

An artist may submit a maximum of two works, for a handling charge of £25.00 per entry (which is non-refundable and includes VAT).

Entry Forms can be purchased online until Friday 9 March 2012 (for artists outside the UK, please refer to the FAQs).