Joe Lycett: Summer Exhibitionist: release date, trailer – what is the Royal Academy?

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Joe Lycett celebrates creating and creating art in this guide to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2022

Joe Lycett presents a new program about the Royal Academy’s summer exhibition entitled Joe Lycett: Summer Exhibitionist.

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The exhibition itself is the oldest open exhibition in the world – meaning anyone can submit art for consideration – and Lycett has described its BBC Two program as a tribute to creativity and the making of art.

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Here’s everything you need to know about Joe Lycett: Summer Exhibitionist.

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Why is?

The official BBC summary explains: “Joe will bring the competition closer to BBC audiences by exploring the stages of the judging process and delving into the remarkable artwork and backstories of the contestants who hope to achieve their dream of making it to the RA – to create walls.

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“Joe accompanies them through the various stages of their adventures, meeting the artists when they submit their work for further judging and on the nerve-wracking results day, and also celebrating their success when the chosen few get to see their work for the first time Royal Academy Galleries.”

Who is Joe Lycett?

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LR: Comedian Joe Lycett sat in floral dungarees and smiling on a white art plinth at the Royal Academy. The walls are yellow and covered with framed paintings; a clay bust of a smiling man’s head. It was painted with blonde hair and blue eyes (Credit: BBC Studios/Richard Ansett; Joe Lycett)

Joe Lycett is a comedian and presenter. You may know him from appearances on panel shows such as Taskmaster, Would I Lie to You and Mock the Week. Otherwise, you may know him from his consumer advice show Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back, in which he aggressively and humorously harasses large corporations to try to protect consumer rights. He is also the current presenter of the holiday series Travel Man on Channel 4, having succeeded Richard Ayoade.

Lycett has previously participated in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition himself, making a bust out of an empty Pringles can and clay. It’s called Chris and is available from Lycett’s website for £12,500,000.

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What is the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition?

The Royal Academy is a London-based collective of artists and architects, chosen by their peers for their achievements in their respective fields. They showcase art collections in free exhibitions around Piccadilly which see hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

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The summer exhibition itself has been held annually since 1768. It is the largest and longest-running open exhibition in the world; previous artists have included David Hockney RA, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tracey Emin and Wim Wenders.

When is the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition?

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The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2022 runs from 21 June to 21 August.

This year’s theme is “Climate”.

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Which artists are featured?

The official BBC synopsis reveals that Joe Lycett will spend time with a range of artists, “from a self-taught photorealist to a retired primary school teacher, part-time web designer and contemporary Islamic artist”.

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It goes on to note that “there are 20-year veterans of rejection and first-time success stories.”

Of the 15,000 works submitted for the summer exhibition year 2022, only 900 will be shown in the final exhibition.

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Is there a trailer

Not yet! But as soon as one becomes available we will update this piece to include it.

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When is Joe Lycett: Summer Exhibitionist airing and when can I watch it?

Joe Lycett: Summer Exhibitionist airs Saturday 23 July at 8pm on BBC Two. It can also be viewed and streamed on BBC iPlayer.

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It’s a one-time special, one hour long.

Why should I watch it?

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It’s one to check out if you’re a Joe Lycett fan, but it’s also worth checking out if you’ve enjoyed previous art shows and want to learn more about this particular series of shows.

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