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For over 250 years artists have been taking paintings along to the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition in the hope of their work being selected to hang alongside its illustrious members. Honouring its promise of an ‘open invitation to the public to submit work for an annual art show’, the Royal Academy has held a summer exhibition every year, without exception, since 1769. So how has it changed in that time? The first exhibition was held in a set of auctioneers’ rooms at 125 Pall Mall, showing 276 paintings packed side-by-side and right up to the ceiling, and attracting 22,485 visitors. Last year the RA celebrated its 250th year with a bumper show, receiving over 16,000 entries, hanging 1,300 works and attracting 296,442 visitors. Each year an artist co-ordinator is chosen to direct the show (last time most colourfully by Grayson Perry) and this year the task will fall to Jock McFadyen, RA who, with a committee of Academicians, will plan the show and give artists responsibility for different rooms – spilling out of the main galleries and across the whole site – ensuring a distinctive character to the exhibition each year.

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Welcome to the July issue of The Artist full of practical features by our top team of artist-contributors to inspire your own drawing and painting. Learn how David Taylor captures light effects in watercolour, perfect your brushwork with Hazel Soan, paint a summer rose in five easy stages, and street scenes full of life and colour. Enjoy demonstrations on how to create depth in your landscapes, use pastels to express texture, paint a backlit treescape in acrylics, and how to develop compositions from original reference material. Robert Dutton and Judi Whitton offer advice on how to avoid overworking and make the right choices to ensure successful compositions, while Martin Kinnear explains how to manage colour for visual design purposes. There's also a wealth of information about competitions to enter, exhibitions to see, special offers, art world news, courses and holidays and advice on promoting your own work. Whatever your preferred subject matter or medium, there's something for everyone and plenty of ideas to try in your own work this month.