MUST DO: Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy

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Just one month left to catch the Grayson Perry-curated show. And new illustration in King’s Cross


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Grayson Perry's selfie from the Summer Exhibition - a green goblin on a big yellow bicycle
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T

he Royal Academy’s 250th Summer Exhibition is co-ordinated by Grayson Perry – in case you’ve somehow missed the hype – with a whopping 1300 works on display from their annual open call-out to artists. And it closes in less than a month.

So don’t miss highlights that include Anish Kapoor’s monumental outdoor sculpture Symphony for a Beloved Daughter, which is the first thing you encounter as you enter the courtyard, and David Hockney’s two vast new works, which occupy much of the final room downstairs.

Other names? Big hitters like Antony Gormley, Michael Landy, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tracey Emin and Paula Rego.

There’s even a bar too, so you can tinkle a negroni as you wander. Open daily 10-6pm (Fri 10pm), until 19th Aug, Royal Academy, Burlington House W1. More info here.


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Main Image: Grayson Perry/ Royal Academy

DON’T MISS: John Vernon Lord, House of Illustration

the open sketchbook of John Vernon Lord
Sketchbook: credit John Vernon Lord
This solo exhibition features 80 pen and ink drawings for five classic books Vernon Lord has illustrated in recent years, including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass by Lewis Carroll, as well as Finnegan’s Wake and Ulysses by James Joyce. Twelve personal sketchbooks include meticulous records of the time spent on every one (a whopping 622 hours on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, for example). His 1972 picture book, The Giant Jam Sandwich, is a modern classic. Until 4th Nov, House of Illustration, Granary Square N1C


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