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.
A Winter Gale in the Channel, Henry Moore 1872 • oil on canvas • 61 x 106.7 cm © wave Wolverhampton Art Gallery

The Power of the Sea

  • 5 April — 6 July 2014 *on now

From the sublime spectacle of crashing waves to the vast and open expanse of the oceans, the sea has long fascinated artists in Britain. The Power of the Sea is a major new art exhibition on show at Bristol’s Royal West of England Academy, offering a multi-disciplinary approach to this fascinating subject. The show features paintings by renowned artists from Turner and Constable to Piper and Lanyon, amongst an impressive range of British artists from the eighteenth century through to the present day.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Adult entry £5
Concessions £3.50
Children under 16 Free
Students at the University of the West of England and University of Bristol Free


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.
Power of the Sea Symposium

The Power of the Sea Symposium; British Waters and Beyond: The cultural significance of the sea since 1800

  • 12 May 2014 9:30am-5:45pm

This symposium aims to explore the conceptualization, and the cultural and political significance of the seas around the British Isles within a broad framework of the arts. It will bring together and create dialogue between practising artists, curators, writers, academics and students from disciplines including visual arts, cultural theory, geography, history and literature.

The Symposium will cover the following topics: 'Literatures of the Sea', 'Experimental Seascapes', ‘ Maritime Communities’, ‘Contemporary Sea Travel’, 'Theorising Maritime Space', and 'Ships, Art, and Archives'. The
Keynote speaker will be Professor John Mack (University of East Anglia, author of The Sea: A Cultural History)

A full programme is available on the RWA website, or by contacting the gallery.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£30/£25 concessions (includes a light lunch)