The Summer Exhibition 2017 is an open art annual exhibition held by the Royal Academy in Burlington House, Piccadilly, from June 13 to August 20 2017. The exhibition includes paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, architectural designs and models, and is the largest and most popular open exhibition in UK. This year the exhibition highlights over 1,000 works from as many as 10,000 entries representing some 5,000 artists. The RA Summer Exhibition opening usually preceded by private viewings. The main event is called “Varnishing Day”, the day that, according to popular legend, artists would come to add a final coat of varnish to their paintings (that’s how the term vernissage emerged).