Winning The Lottery
Every year, almost all of the artists I know submit one or two works (two is the maximum nowadays) for the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition. Almost 11,000 works were entered last year, and there is only room on the walls for around 1,100 of them.
Now the Academicians get first dibs on the space (up to six works each as of right) and so take around one third of the space, leaving around 700 for the rest of us. So – merit aside – the statistics say each work has only a 16:1 chance of being hung – pretty much a lottery.
But this year the Gods smiled on me. Both of my entries passed the initial vetting by a panel of RAs and went upstairs for the hang in the main galleries. Up there another team worked on the hanging and my bigger work was weeded out – possibly on space grounds.
(In the old days this was called ‘Doubtful – Not Hung’.)
But the little one got through! It’s called In The Shallows. I am pleased with the Japanese style woodcut effect. Now all I need is for lots of you to come along and snap it up! Enjoy the show, which opens on 10th June and runs to mid-August. Details in Exhibitions.