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.
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 *on now

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