Win 5 original paintings, plus free exhibition posters

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Summer Exhibition

The , mounted by the Royal Academy of Arts every summer in Piccadilly, is the largest open contemporary art exhibition in the world, held in association with Guinness PLC. It brings together a wide range of work by painters, sculptors, printmakers and architects, many of them already distinguished and others exhibiting for the first time.

For those intimidated by the thought of tackling "serious art", the sheer variety of the exhibits at the ensures that something will fire your enthusiasm. For those intimidated by the price tags attached to many of the pieces, there is some very good news. You could end up owning one without paying a penny.

We have selected five outstanding paintings as prizes in our draw, each an excellent example of the artist's style. And for every reader who enters our prize draw there will be a free original exhibition poster.

To be in with a chance of winning one of the five prize paintings, you will have to collect 10 differently numbered tokens which we will publish in the Independent and Independent On Sunday. Today we publish Token 6; an entry form will be printed on Monday 19 June.

Both original exhibition posters feature works by Royal Academicians - The Matisse Jug is by Mary Fedden and Beyond The Eye, I is by Victor Pasmore. All those who enter the prize draw by collecting 10 differently numbered tokens and sending them in along with the entry form will receive one of the posters of their choice just for the cost of 36p return postage.

HALF PRICE TICKETS FOR THE EXHIBITION

The exhibition is open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm and full-price tickets cost pounds 4.80 but by presenting a copy of the Independent during the period of this promotion and published on the day you wish to visit, you will receive two tickets for the price of one. When our promotion closes you can obtain concessionary tickets for the remainder of the exhibition at pounds 3.50.

WIN A MASTERCLASS AND BREAKFAST VIEWINGS

As well as five original paintings from the Royal Academy , we are also offering as prizes the chance to win a place at a masterclass lead by a Royal Academician plus the opportunity to attend breakfast exhibition viewings exclusive to Independent readers.

The masterclasses, which are not suitable for beginners, will be conducted by Sonia Lawson (7 October), Ben Levene (14 October), Ken Howard (21 October) and Leonard McComb (28 October).

WIN A BREAKFAST

VIEWING

The breakfast viewings, which include coffee and croissant, run from 8.30am to 10am and are limited to 70 guests.

To be in with a chance to attend such a breakfast viewing on Wednesday 21 June, ring 0891 161954 today and leave your name, address and daytime phone number. The first 70 callers who leave their full details on request, on line shall win. Lines open at 9am.

WIN AN RA MASTERCLASS

Our second Royal Academy Masterclass, lead by Ben Levene on 14 October, will be on Still Life Using Oil Paint. To be in with a chance of winning a place in this class, which is limited to 10 participants, call 0891 161950 today and leave your name, address and daytime phone number. The first 10 names selected at random after the lines close at midnight will win a place on the masterclass. Winners will be contacted and given further details, including what materials they must bring. They will also be asked to contribute pounds 20 towards the cost of the class. All calls cost 49p per minute peak rate, 39p per minute at all other times. Sorry, readers from the Republic of Ireland cannot enter these two phone competitions.

STILL LIFE USING OIL PAINT

Ben Levene RA

14 October 1995

10.30 am - 1pm, 2 pm - 4.30pm

Ben Levene is celebrated for his landscapes and his highly decorated still lifes, which sometimes employ gold leaf in the background. He has extended the art of still life painting with great imagination. Levene is quoted as saying: "painting is a matter of selectivity". He paints with concentration and independence and completes no more than around a dozen paintings a year.

He continued to devote time to teaching. Of his Masterclass Levene says: "Students will work directly from nature and observation, with a bit of picture making thrown in."

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