Last summer I visited the 249th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the world’s largest open-submission that showcases work from both established and emerging artists. Whilst thoroughly enjoying the large collection of contemporary art in many different mediums, I decided that I would have a go the following year and put the date on my calendar.
The applications opened in January, but I then had to reconsider my plan to enter. 2018 would be the 250th anniversary of the show and in celebration of this, the brief was ‘Art Made Now’ and artists were encouraged to enter work made in 2017/2018. ‘The Bristol 2 Litre Engine’, my chosen piece of work to submit, had been made in 2014. I decided that it was worth a chance and completed the application, but I then stayed quiet and didn’t tell anyone about the submission.
On 15th March, the very much anticipated update to my submission status appeared – I had been shortlisted. I was requested to take the work to the Royal Academy of Art on 10th May for the second round of judging.
After recovering from the shock and excitement of being shortlisted, I thought it would be good to share the news. I won’t know the final decision until 26th May, but until then, I am going to enjoy this news and look forward to delivering ‘The Bristol 2 Litre Engine’ to the RA. It will be viewed and judged by the royal academicians, with Grayson Perry as the coordinator of the show.