‘Biggest, brightest and most colourful Summer Exhibition’

The Royal Academy’s 250th Summer Exhibition opens next week and among the 1,300 or so artworks hand picked by Grayson Perry and the RA Committee is a print by Chiswick print maker Rachel Busch. This is the third time Rachel has submitted a print and the first time her work has been chosen to be shown in the show, which runs from next Tuesday, 12 June, until 19 August.

“Grayson Perry is an artist I very much admire for his down to earth attitude of thinking about art” says Rachel. “Being selected is an amazing thing to happen for any artist, I feel very honoured”.

‘Varnishing Day’ procession

Yesterday was ‘Varnishing Day’ when originally the artists would come and put the final touches to their work. These days it’s purely celebratory. The artists congregated in the Royal Academy Annenberg courtyard, dominated by Anish Kapoor’s sculpture ‘Symphony for a Beloved Daughter 2018’ and walked in a procession led by a steel band and clergy for the ‘Service for Artists’ at St James Church Piccadilly.

They then headed back to find their pictures and chat to the other exhibitors, who this year include David Hockney RA, Wolfgang Tillmans, Mike Nelson and Tracey Emin. “Once back in the RA, climbing the wonderful staircase to the main galleries, I was given an Exhibition catalogue and a much welcome glass of bubbly” says Rachel.

The prints have been put upstairs in The Sackler galleries this year. “Some printmakers expressed their disappointment at this; I’m just really happy to have the chance to have one of my prints exhibited in this beautifully well lit gallery” she says.

You can see more of Rachel’s work over Artists At Home weekend, 15 – 17 June where she will be showing her work alongside Lucy Strathon and Lindsay Harvey at 32 Cleveland Avenue W4 1SN.

Read more about the Artists At Home weekend in the This Is Chiswick section of The Chiswick Calendar website. From now until 17 June pictures of Chiswick by local artists taking part will be featured each day on the home page.