Royal West of England Academy

Royal West of England Academy
Queens Road
City of Bristol




0117 9735129


0117 9237874

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The RWA Art Gallery is situated in fashionable Clifton and is open throughout the year. The building is one of the finest examples of Victorain Italianate style built in 1858 as the first art gallery in Bristol. The RWA shows contemporary art exhibitions of painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture and architecture as well as its own historic collection. Most contemporary works are for sale.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Tuesday-Saturday 10.00-18.00 Sun 11.00-17.00

Closed: Mondays Easter Sunday and 24 December to 3 January

Admission charges

Main Galleries:
Adults: £5.00
Concessions: £3.50
Children: Free
Friends of the RWA: Free

The RWA collection consists of over 1000 works including paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. Among the paintings in the collection are works by artists from the Newlyn, St Ives and Bloomsbury Schools. Paintings by George Swaish, Mathew Hale, Anne Redpath, Mary Fedden, Carel Weight, Bernard Dunstan and Elizabeth Blackadder are also valued additions to the collection.

Collection details

Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.


  • 21 November 2014 — 8 March 2015 *on now


The Art of Trees; the Arborealists and other Artists

19 December 2014 – 8 March 2015

Arboretum follows on from the critically acclaimed and highly popular Under the Greenwood – Picturing the British Tree at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery. Reprising themes from the contemporary element of this show it explores the importance of the tree as a rich and vital subject for art, featuring work from members of the Arborealists: Jemma Appleby, Ann Arnold, Graham Arnold, Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, Joanna Barry, Philippa Beale, John Blandy, Hannah Brown, Gary Colclough, Tim Craven, Celia de Serra, Michelle Dovey, Dan Hays, Abi Kremer, Ffiona Lewis, Fiona MacIntyre, Hannah Maybank, Alex Pemberton, Julian Perry, Lesley Slight and RWA Academicians Nicola Bealing RWA, Martin Bentham RWA, Kurt Jackson RWA, Howard Phipps RWA, Michael Porter RWA, Anthony Whishaw RWA and Lisa Wright RWA.

Arboretum will be showing at the RWA in conjunction with The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014: A Celebration of British Wildlife. This launches the start of a programme of environmentally focused exhibitions at the RWA engaging with nature and landscape to celebrate the start of Bristol’s year as the Green Capital.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults: £5.00
(includes a 50p donation)

Concessions: £3.50
(includes a 40p donation)

Under 16s/SGS, UoB & UWE students: FREE

Art Fund card holders: By donation - suggested minimum £2

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British Wildlife

The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014 A Celebration of British Wildlife

  • 18 December 2014 — 18 March 2015

The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014

A Celebration of British Wildlife

The British Wildlife Photography Awards proudly announce the winners for 2014. The Awards celebrate both the work of amateur and professional photographers and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife.

Winning images are chosen from thousands of entries in sixteen separate categories including a special film category for Wildlife in HD Video and three junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

“Each year the British Wildlife Photography Awards generates an incredible catalogue of splendid, exciting, imaginative and artistic images, proving beyond doubt that we have the richest palette of life to celebrate in our own backyard. Anyone passionate about protecting and preserving wildlife will be inspired by the British Wildlife Photography Awards, which in its fifth year has done more than any other award to raise the profile of British wildlife”, Chris Packham, TV Presenter and Naturalist.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£5 Adult/ £3.50 Concession, £8 Exhibition Return Ticket, £2 Art Fund (suggested donation), Free SGS, FRWA, UWE, UOB.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Scribble and sketch extra

Sribble and Sketch EXTRA with Anouk Mercier and Sarah Smith

  • 20 December 2014 10:30am-12pm

If you are looking for more focussed art-making workshops, exploring a range of skills and techniques, from colour theory to proportion and perspective, then Scribble and Sketch Extra could be just for you!

Session no.1: September 27th - An introduction to... Drawing Materials and Tools! Come and experiment with a wonderful range of drawing tools, materials and techniques, learning to select your perfect drawing instruments...

Session no.2: October 25th - An introduction to...Colour Theory!

Session no.3: November 29th - An introduction to... Composition!

Session no.4: December 20th - An introduction to... Tone!

Unlike most of our other children's workshops, this is aimed at children unaccompanied by an adult - so why not take the time to explore the exhibtions and enjoy a coffee in the RWA cafe?

Saturday September 27, October 25, November 29, December 20 10.30am - Midday
Admission prices
£10 per child

Aimed at ages 6-11

Spaces limited, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment

You can book online here:





Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10