RA summer exhibition: not all open exhibitions are cheats

In The Jackdaw ♯8 artist Doug Lowe asked if the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition was a genuine open

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or an Academicians’ closed shop.

Has anyone ever worked out the total cost to artists of a big


show like the RA Summer Exhibition in time, depreciation of vehicles, fuel, parking, framing, mounting,
entrance etc.? It must run
into millions…

Not all open exhibitions are cheats.  Some give seriously good your work is competently executed and shows some creativity. My target is the google_ad_height = 90; RA Summer Exhibition which

deludes us into thinking we have a good chance of being selected.
 Being gamblers at heart (and desperate to boot) we artists naively part with our hard-earned cash, not to mention our precious time which might be better spent working than in exposing ourselves to brutalizing motorway queues and London’s permanent traffic jams.


fame and fortune stretches around the globe and the chances of your paintings or src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> mine being selected is much more remote than you think.

Having had three rejections in a row, I decided to do some calculations. I studied both the 1999 and 2000 catalogues. The


statistics for google_ad_slot = "7160667483"; both are similar. Last year about 13,000

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paintings were submitted from around 5,000 artists. 1,156 works were displayed. This means that you had an

11/1 chance of google_ad_width = 970; being hung – reasonable odds you might think. Not so. Academicians (RAs) are entitled to hang

you have to fight it out with other artists google_ad_client = "ca-pub-3967079123942817"; for 239 spaces. This increases the odds of being selected to 54/1. The National Lottery is more fun and doesn’t
£18 per work to enter.

Another gripe, although I


have to admit it is not a factor which discourages me from entering,  is
the Summer Exhibition as a nice little earner. How about this for a jump start to a show: 13,000

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paintings at £18 each totals £234,000.  Not bad as revenue google_ad_width = 970; before you’ve even started selling. I guess you have to deduct non-payment of the