Sara Jayne Harris exhibiting at RA Summer Exhibition

Each summer the Royal Academy of Arts‘ galleries are jam-packed with contemporary art made by internationally renowned artists and exciting new talent. This year, Grayson Perry RA and his committee of fellow artists have handpicked over 1,300 artworks in an array of mediums.

There’s a monumental sculpture by Anish Kapoor RA in the courtyard, and within the galleries you’ll find vast new works by David Hockney RA and Joana Vasconcelos. Artists Mona Hatoum and Tal R are shown alongside Royal Academicians including Wolfgang Tillmans, Mike Nelson, Tracey Emin and Rose Wylie, and Honorary Academicians Bruce Nauman and Ed Ruscha.

The exhibition extends across the newly-expanded cultural campus, with prints on display in The Sackler Wing of Galleries and a “room of humour” in the new Ronald and Rita McAulay Gallery featuring David Shrigley and Martin Parr. The art extravaganza even spills out into the streets of London’s West End, with an installation of over 200 flags designed by Royal Academicians.

On show at this year’s 250th Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts is an evocative drypoint etching named Blue Mother by Sara Jayne Harris, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019 applicants. On inheriting her grandmother’s upright piano she discovered a pile of old sheet music chaotically stashed in the upholstered piano stool. The sight and smell of this vintage sheet music together with traces of watermarks and scratches on the dark wood instrument instantly evoked memories of ancestors passed. The drypoint etching is like a visual fragment pieced together from sepia toned records and the artist’s imagination. The music creates a contemplative reflection but is also a celebration of the lives intertwined with our personal histories. Blue Mother is a reflection of lov, hope and above all, the human side of life.

The exhibition will run from the 12th June – 19th August 2018

Royal Academy of Arts,
Burlington House entrance, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
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6 Burlington Gardens entrance, London W1S 3ET
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