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Conrad Shawcross RA to take over the Royal Academy’s Annenberg Courtyard for the 247th summer exhibition in London

The Royal Academy of Arts announced today that Conrad Shawcross RA will create a new site-specific installation for the RA Courtyard for the Summer Exhibition 2015. Entitled The Dappled Light of the Sun, 2015, the large-scale, immersive work will consist of a group of five steel ‘clouds’, which will inhabit the courtyard’s central space. The branching forms will be made up of thousands of tetrahedrons and stand at over six metres high and weigh five tonnes each. 

Conrad Shawcross said, “The Greeks considered the tetrahedron to represent the very essence of matter. In this huge work I have taken this form as my ‘brick’, growing these chaotic, diverging forms that will float above the heads of visitors who will be able to wander beneath them. I am extremely excited to see the completed work exhibited for the first time in the RA’s historic Annenburg Courtyard, for which it was conceived.” 

The Summer Exhibition has been held every year without interruption since 1769. As the world’s largest open submission exhibition, the Summer Exhibition provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists and architects to showcase their works to an international audience, comprising a range of media from painting to printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture and film. Over 1,200 artworks will go on display, the majority of which will be for sale offering visitors an opportunity to purchase original artwork by high profile and up-and-coming artists. Sales of artwork in the Summer Exhibition continue to play a significant part in raising funds to finance the current students of the RA Schools.

The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2015 will be coordinated by the leading British artist and influential teacher, Michael Craig-Martin RA. The hanging committee for the Summer Exhibition includes Royal Academicians Norman Ackroyd, who will oversee the print-room, Olwyn Bowey, Gus Cummins, Jock McFadyen, David Remfry, Mick Rooney, Alison Wilding and Bill Woodrow, who will curate a room dedicated to sculpture. The architecture room will be curated by Ian Ritchie RA. 

Summer Exhibition 2015

Dates and Opening Hours

Monday 8 June – Sunday 16 August 2015

10am – 6pm daily (last admission 5.30pm)

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

Tickets are available daily at the RA or by visiting www.royalacademy.org.uk

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