Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition opens doors
Art lovers may soon be flocking to luxury London hotels to take in the sights at the Royal Academy of Art's Summer Exhibition, the largest contemporary art exhibition in the world.
At the cost of £10 for adults, patrons can enjoy a wide range of new and recent work by established, unknown and emerging artists.
The annual exhibit has been running uninterrupted since 1769 with the goal of raising funds to train young artists in Royal Academy schools, while the organisation itself receives no public funding.
Included in the exhibition will be a small selection of work from Ben Levene, whose pieces have been displayed at the Government Art Collection, the Guildhall Art Gallery, the Southampton Art Gallery and the Chantrey Bequest.
Additionally, the Annenberg Courtyard will host Colouring Book by Jeff Koons. The colourful piece is said to reflect the artist's interest in society's obsession with youth.
Each year, the Summer Exhibition rewards artists of exceptional merit with a total cash pool of £70,000 donated by commercial sponsors. This funds the £25,000 Charles Wollaston Award - the largest and most prestigious arts honour in Britain.
Previous winners include British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare and one of the Young British Artists, Gavin Turk.
The Summer Exhibition attracts a high volume of entrants each year, with over 12,000 entries from 23 countries.
Collectors are in luck as many of the pieces are for sale, offering visitors a potentially unrivalled opportunity to purchase original artwork by high profile figures.
Alongside the exhibition, the venue will play host to Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century, until October 2nd.
The display of photojournalism features the work of artists that would go on to make a name for themselves in Germany, France and the US.
Only short walk form Green Park station, the Royal Academy of Arts is readily accessible to guests at the Montcalm hotel via the local Marble Arch station with a quick changeover at Bond Street.