Painting the town
To coincide with the 239th exhibition, the academy has set up an online gallery of art produced by A-level pupils from 30 London schools.
Norman Rosenthal, the exhibition's curator, says he has been surprised by the quality of entries. "This could pass for a very good first-year show in an art college," he says. The academy hopes to open the competition to all UK schools next year. For more information visit