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You never know who the next big name in art will be. Or which of their pieces will sell for $110 mil. But since many great artists come from Great Britain, it’s worth starting your search here. Our British Famous exhibitions, including works by the likes of Pink Floyd, Balenciaga, and Gillian Ayres, have just what you’re looking for this summer: air conditioning and plenty of chances to ask, “is this art?” The answer is yes, by the way. And no, you couldn’t have done it yourself.

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (June 13-August 20) - London, England
The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open-submission contemporary art show. Now in its 249th year, the Summer Exhibition provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase works across painting and printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture, and film.

Installation view of Gallery VI, curated by Yinka Shonibare RA, at the Summer Exhibition 2017. Photo: © David Parry. Royal Academy of Arts

Installation view of Gallery VI, curated by Yinka Shonibare RA, at the Summer Exhibition 2017. Photo: © David Parry. Royal Academy of Arts

Cambridge Open Studios (July 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23) - Cambridge, England
Each year around 350 artists, designers, and makers open their studios to the public over four weekends in July. Learn more about the artists here.

Serpentine Gallery hosts Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever (June 8 - September 10) - London, England
One of the most famous British commentators on contemporary society and culture, Turner Prize-winner Grayson Perry will present a major exhibition of new work. The exhibition will explore popularity, masculinity, and #Brexit. On your way out, you can also check out the annual Serpentine Pavilion (June 23-October 8).

Grayson Perry, Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London (08 June 2017 – 10 September 2017). Image © 2017 Robert Glowacki

Grayson Perry, Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London (08 June 2017 – 10 September 2017). Image © 2017 Robert Glowacki

Babylon Gallery Summer Open (July 22 - August 28) - Waterside, Ely, England
During the summer, this riverside gallery showcases British art from artists of all ages, both amateur and professional. You can explore different styles and mediums, and even buy some art. You might even stumble onto a Banksy piece. Or at least the next generation Banksy.

Gillian Ayres at the National Museum Cardiff (Ongoing until September) - Cardiff, Wales
This exhibition celebrates the work of one of Britain’s most important and internationally renowned abstract artists, Gillian Ayres, as well as her artistic connections to Wales. Featuring major paintings from across the artist’s career, this is the largest exhibition of Ayres’s work ever seen in the UK. 

Tate Liverpool: Tracey Emin and William Blake In Focus (Ongoing until September 3) - Liverpool, England
Mashups are still a thing. So come see what happens when a contemporary British artist and a renowned British poet are shown side by side. This is the first time Emin’s work My Bed, has been displayed in the north of England. My Bed, which still shocks after 20 years, as well as Emin’s drawings from the Tate collection, are being shown with selected work from Blake.

Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus on display at Tate Liverpool until 3 September 2017 © Pete Carr.

Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus on display at Tate Liverpool until 3 September 2017 © Pete Carr.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery: A Perfect Chemistry by Hill and Adamson (July 27 - October 1) - Edinburgh, Scotland
Celebrating early-Scottish photography, A Perfect Chemistry: Photographs by Hill & Adamson explores the partnership of David Octavius Hill (1802-1870) and Robert Adamson (1821-1848). These two photographers mastered the art of photography only four years after its invention and their stunning images document various aspects of 19th century Scotland in stunning detail.

Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains at the V&A (Ongoing until October 1) - London, England
Visit the first international retrospective of Pink Floyd, a band renowned for both groundbreaking rock music and iconic design. This dramatic audio-visual exhibition explores Pink Floyd’s music, art, and staging since their debut. Book in advance to get your preferred timeslot.

Animals. © Pink Floyd Music Ltd. Credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Animals. © Pink Floyd Music Ltd. Credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Edinburgh Alphabet at the City Arts Center (May 19 - October 8) - Edinburgh, Scotland
For the first time, Edinburgh’s museums and galleries are bringing together a huge range of objects from their combined collections into one massive exhibition. This A to Z of Edinburgh art includes over 300 items spanning 10,600 years. Expect to find objects and artifacts from archaeology, fine and applied art, childhood art, literary works, and social history collections.

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion at the V&A (Ongoing until February 2018) - London, England
Is fashion art? Or not? Decide for yourself as you wander past glorious dresses and explore Cristóbal Balenciaga’s exquisite craftsmanship. His innovative designs are now on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum – one of the best museums for fashion and design. Advance booking is recommended.

Evening dress, silk taffeta, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, 1955 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Evening dress, silk taffeta, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, 1955 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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