Yep, I have been rejected by the Royal Academy. This does put me in illustrious company, I know and it isn’t that surprising, so I wasn’t that effected.
“Thank you for submitting photographs of your sculpture.
The Sculptor Members of the Selection Committee have given careful consideration to you images and regret that they will not be able to include your work on this occasion. They therefore request that you do not deliver it to the Academy.
Your photographs will be returned to you in due course and I very much hope that you will submit work in future years.”
Well, there were around 10,000 people chasing something like 250 places (Academy members and invited artists make up the bulk of the 1300 pieces shown) so the odds were slim…. and the tendency to prefer edgy Art with Social Commentary pretensions is common now in most galleries, I believe. Pretty isn’t really so fashionable.
Anyway, I am well accustomed to a bit of rejection and it won’t put me off submitting it to another show before too long. The advantage with my next submission will be that the piece will be finished and I’ll have plenty of time to get some good photos taken….
It might not be any more fashionable, but it’ll look better..