The RWA are pleased to announce that Sir Peter Blake OBE Hon RWA will be showing at the 162nd Annual Open Exhibition, 12 October – 7 December 2014. The exhibition has a rich history of exhibiting internationally renowned artists alongside submissions from Academicians and artists of all ages and stages in their career in this eclectic show. Previous invited artists have included Graham Crowley, 2010, Norman Ackroyd RA, 2007 and Lisa Milroy RA, 2004. It is in fact Blake’s second time exhibiting (he was previously invited artist in 2009) making a fitting return after being awarded the status of Honorary RWA by the Academy.
Blake is one of the country’s leading artists, a pioneer of Pop art; founding member of the Brotherhood of Ruralists alongside the RWA’s own David Inshaw in 1975; elected a Royal Academician in1981 (resigning in 2005) and awarded the CBE in 1983; alongside infamy as the artist who designed the iconic album cover for the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club. His work hangs in galleries around the world including the Tate, London, who staged a major retrospective of his work in 2007. He has inspired a generation of younger artists, embracing pop culture through a myriad of different mediums from print making to collage. In 2013 he showed Under Milk Wood, the culmination of twenty-five years of work at the National Museum of Wales, illustrating each of the characters from welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ celebrated radio-play in their fictional home of Llaregubb.
Following the runaway success of last year’s open exhibition, where over 2200 works were submitted from nearly a thousand artists, we are pleased to announce that this year’s submissions are now open.
The exhibition now in its 162nd year attracts submissions from local, national and international artists alike, including entries from Academician’s such as last year’s Threadneedle Prize winner Lisa Wright RWA, Richard Long RWA and Anthony Whishaw RWA. Alongside these established artists you can also see entries from art’s rising stars, which last year included the Independent’s 2007 one to watch Aisling Hedgecock. We also welcome entries from students and emerging artists encouraging artists of all ages to apply.
Artists are encouraged to submit a maximum of 3 recent works, via a dedicated website and the first round of selection takes place online with a final results day at the Academy in September.