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.
sea Works

The Royal West of England Academicians sea works go on sale at the RWA

  • 26 May — 31 July 2014 *on now

It will include pieces by over 20 Academicians, including pieces by RWA prize winner Rebecca Cains. The work can be seen hanging in the café and landing areas in the RWA and is on display until the end of July. All of the pieces are available to take away upon purchase or can be arranged to be collected at a later date
The exhibition will raise money to support the work and commitment of the RWA to the discipline of drawing, painting and sculpture, encouraging residents, and students to engage with artists of local, national, and historical importance.

The Death of Nature

Back From the Front Presents; The Death of Nature Michael Porter (RWA)

  • 10 July — 8 August 2014 *on now

In The Death of Nature Michael Porter RWA has created a cold, disturbing depiction of the natural landscape as a ravaged resource under attack from the human race, being systematically stripped of its assets with little regard for consequence – drawing on an environmental notion of conflict. For the past twenty years, Porter has worked exclusively from the landscape, using locations that he has been familiar with over long periods of time. His work incorporates both time past and time present, creating strata of memory that chart nature’s demise. Porter portrays discarded objects such as feathers, stones and lichen as a metaphor for his vision of the discord between humans and the environment.


Free Entry to this exhibition

Tim Shaw Casting a Dark Democracy,

Back From the Front Presents - Shock and Awe: Contemporary Artists at War and Peace

  • 19 July — 17 September 2014 *on now

Shock and Awe curated by Professor Paul Gough RWA is an exhibition of work by leading contemporary artists, recently exposed to the front-line of modern warfare in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans. Fascinated by acts of remembrance or the notion of art as a warning or form of protest, each artist has created their own powerful response to conflict, building on personal and collective memories.
The exhibition also includes a number of historic works contextualised by responses from contemporary artists, creating interesting juxtapositions: for example, between the work of William Rothenstein and Emma Stibbon RA RWA and Muirhead Bone, the first official war artist and Ian Chamberlain.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Adults £5 (inc. 50p donation)
Concessions £3.50 (inc. 40p donation)
Under 16s, University of Bristol, UWE and SGS students FREE


A Gloucestershire Landscape, John Northcote Nash, 1914

Back From the Front Exhibition Series - Brothers in Art; John and Paul Nash

  • 19 July — 14 September 2014 *on now

Brothers in Art: John and Paul Nash provides a unique opportunity to view the two siblings’ work side-by-side, explored within the powerful context of conflict and memory. Spanning each artist’s career, the exhibition features over forty works, including watercolours and drawings from public and private collections, creating a panoramic vision of the British countryside.

John and Paul Nash were landscape painters in the purest sense, depicting the fields and shorelines through a particularly English sense of Modernism. They shared a unique way of looking at the land, shaped by childhood pastimes; constant and close study, and a perception of the travesty of war.


Adults £5 (inc. 50p donation)
Concessions £3.50 (inc. 40p donation)
Under 16s, University of Bristol, UWE and SGS students FREE


Paul Gough Peace

Back From the Front presents Re-membering I

  • 10 — 31 August 2014

Re-membering I (10 August – 31 August) features new work from visual anthropologist Shawn Sobers and award winning photographer Angus Fraser. Sober’s multi-media work explores the complex issue of commemoration within the tragic narrative of the sinking of the SS Mendi, which sank on 21 February 1917, just twelve miles off the coast of the Isle of Wight with 607 Africans on-board. The Mendi was on its way to France transporting members of the South African Native Labour Corps. Fraser’s work builds on his interest in the contemporary portrayal of death through the photographic medium, investigating a Lithuanian war memorial via large-format photographic prints.


Free Entry to this Exhibition


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.
Works from last year’s hugely successful 161st Annual Open Exhibition.

Submissions open for the South West’s largest open exhibition; The Royal West of England Academy’s 162nd Annual Open Exhibition.

  • 2 June — 7 August 2014 *on now

Artists from all over the country are invited to submit their work, for consideration for the South West’s largest Annual Open Exhibition, which opens on the 12th October at the Royal West of England Academy.

Works from last year’s hugely successful 161st Annual Open Exhibition.

Following the runaway success of last year’s open exhibition, where over 2200 works were submitted from nearly a thousand artists, we are pleased to announce that this year’s submissions are now open.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Price per artwork £18 general public, £16 Sudents, £14 FRWA, £9 Artist network member, Free RWA Academicians