Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Success

Jilly Topping, undergraduate Fine Arts BA student, has had her work included in this year’s show.

Date: 16 September 2021

Undergraduate Fine Arts BA student, Jilly Topping, has her artwork, For The Mother of Gorton, selected for this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

The annual art exhibition is a celebration of contemporary art and architecture, where any member of the public is able to enter, providing a platform for the artistic community to showcase what they’re doing.

Jilly’s selected work, For The Mothers of Gorton, is a sculpture that deals with epigenetics, the layers of trauma handed down through generations via DNA. The artwork is a tribute to the Mothers and the children of Gorton, Manchester.

Jilly said: I’m so happy to be selected for the Royal Academy Summer exhibition. I couldn’t quite believe it and almost cried when I got the email! When I saw my work on varnishing day (the day artists go in and make sure the artwork is presented correctly, which then turns into a champagne reception party) I was so proud. 

“To be selected by Eva Rothschild RA and my work be sat alongside Cathie Pilkington, Micheal Craig Martin and Grayson Perry was mind-blowing. I’m now trying to enjoy every moment and manage all the family and friends visits to see my work!” 

The exhibition will run from 22 September until 2 January 2022. You can see more of Jilly’s work on her personal website.

Jilly Topping's art work