Royal West of England Academy

Royal West of England Academy
Queens Road
Clifton
Bristol
City of Bristol
BS8 1PX
England

Website

www.rwa.org.uk

E-mail

info@rwa.org.uk

Telephone

0117 9735129

Fax

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:

Gallery

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.
Tree

Arboretum

  • 21 November 2014 — 8 March 2015 *on now

Arboretum

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

Admission

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

GIFT AID YOUR TICKET and help us to claim up to £1.25 more

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2015/01/arboretum/

British Wildlife

The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014 A Celebration of British Wildlife

  • 18 December 2014 — 18 March 2015 *on now

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

Admission

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

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk

Draw

Drawing On: The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art

  • 21 March — 7 June 2015

Spring marks a celebration of drawing at the RWA with Drawing On… turning the spotlight on Modern British Art, showcasing over fifty-five works from The Ingram Collection. Presented across two galleries, it features works by Edward Burra, Cecil Collins, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Mary Fedden PPRWA, Elizabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth, Keith Vaughan, Henry Moore, John Nash, Ceri Richards and Stanley Spencer, amongst many more.

The definition of drawing has, like taste, evolved over time and this captivating selection of works from the Ingram Collection represents the development of various narratives in drawing and Modern British Art. The work selected covers a wide range of techniques and styles, considering drawing in its widest possible sense, including sculptural studies, figurative sketches and coloured landscapes, some highly worked, others scribbled and fragmented. Drawing On… creates signposts suggesting the influence of 20th century work on current practice, seen in the accompanying exhibition Drawn.

Over the past decade, entrepreneur and investor Chris Ingram has created what is now recognised as the biggest privately owned publicly accessible collection of Modern British and Contemporary art. The Ingram Collection comprises 650 works of art of which 500 are by the most important artists of the Modern British era, amongst these Edward Burra, Lynn Chadwick, Elisabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth and Eduardo Paolozzi.

Through an on-going programme of loans to exhibitions, galleries and museums, Chris Ingram ensures wide public access to the Collection. The Collection is used for displays and exhibitions at The Lightbox, the award-winning gallery and museum in Chris’ hometown of Woking and national and international loans. It is this commitment to make The Ingram Collection widely available that has earned Chris Ingram deserved acclaim as “one of the most active and thoughtful collectors of Modern British Art today.” (Stephen Deuchar CBE, Director, The Art Fund).

The RWA would like to thank the generosity of Chris Ingram and The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art for their invaluable support and loan of artwork.



21 March - 7 June
Admission prices
Ticket includes admission to all concurrent exhibitions

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

GIFT AID YOUR TICKET and help us to claim up to £1.25 more
(Please ask for details)

Become a Friend (yearly membership): from £15, enjoy unlimited repeat visits, private view invitations, and other benefits.

For more details on admissions go to: www.rwa.org.uk/visit-us/admission/

Opening times
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm Sunday: 11am – 5pm Galleries and café Closed Mondays Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Before travelling, please call ahead to check opening hours as we occasionally close for special events.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission prices
Ticket includes admission to all concurrent exhibitions

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

GIFT AID YOUR TICKET and help us to claim up to £1.25 more
(Please ask for details)

Become a Friend (yearly membership): from £15, enjoy unlimited repeat visits, private view invitations, and other benefits.

Website

http://rwa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2015/05/drawing-on-/

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.
Life drawing drop in

Life Drawing Drop-in

  • 7 January — 25 March 2015 *on now

Life Drawing Drop-in

Start Date: Wednesday, 7th January 2015
Times: 6.30-8.30pm
Duration: 10 weeks
Tutor: Anouk Mercier
Cost: £100 in advance for term or £10/£8 concession per session
Suitable for: Suitable for all abilities
This class in a drop in so you can just turn up,
places are filled on a first come first served basis.

Places Available!

The ideal opportunity to practice drawing from a model in a friendly and supportive environment. Classes are based in the RWA’s stunning main galleries with the latest exhibitions as a backdrop. Price includes a tutor on-hand for advice and assistance, paper and basic materials and a choice of two models to draw from each week (numbers permitting). The drop-in sessions provide a great chance to try out Bristol Drawing School classes. Book ahead for the term or turn up on the night and pay at the door, no booking required. On colder days we advise bringing or wearing a warm layer. This drop-in is suitable for all abilities.

STARTS WEDNESDAY 7 January 2015

Life Drawing Drop-in dates for this term:

7, 14, 21, 28 Jan

4, 11, 18, 25 Feb

4, 25 March

*Please note that this term there will be no class on 11 and 18 March 2015 to allow for an exhibition changeover. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Please be advised to avoid disappointment that if you are paying on the door then spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you book for the whole term please make sure that you receive your email confirmation of booking, then print it out and bring it with you.

Material List

Materials will be provided for this course.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£100 in advance for term or £10/£8 concession per session

Website

http://www.drawingschool.org.uk/courses/LifeDrawingDropinSPR15

Scribble and Sketch EXTRA! An introduction to portrait drawing

  • 7 March 2015 2:30-4pm

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!

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 exhibitions and enjoy a coffee in the RWA cafe?

Suitable for ages 6-11.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£10 per session

Website

http://rwa.org.uk/whats-on/events/2015/02/scribbleandskecthextraspring15/

Scribble and Sketch, with Anouk Mercier

  • 7 March 2015 10:30am-1pm

Scribble and Sketch is ideal for families of all ages and abilities, offering a morning of fun and informal drawing exercises, led by Bristol Drawing Club founder and artist Anouk Mercier.

Activities are designed for parents, grandparents and children to take part in together, in a lively and relaxed environment, or you can simply take advantage of the materials to get creative.

Everyone is welcome! Book in advance or drop in on the day and join in (space permitting). All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free with exhibition entry

Website

http://rwa.org.uk/whats-on/events/2015/02/scribbleandsketchspring2015/

Buterfly

How to Paint a Butterfly, 2-day workshop

  • 21 — 22 March 2015 10:30am-4:30pm

How to Paint a Butterfly, 2-day workshop

Start Date: Saturday, 21st March 2015
Times: Sat 10.30am-4.30pm, Sun 11am-4pm
Duration: 2-day workshop
Tutor: Cath Hodsman
Cost: £100
Suitable for: Suitable for all abilities
Places Available!

Butterflies are amongst our most well known and well loved insects. This watercolour painting day gives those of us who are fascinated by these ethereal creatures, the chance to study them and paint them in wonderful detail.

This is a unique and absorbing course, is aimed at both lovers of painting and entomology, especially butterflies. You don’t have to be an expert in either, but you need to be fascinated by both!

Each student will have the use of high powered microscopes to study the anatomical beauty of these delicate creatures, and will use specimens and macro photographic material to produce a detailed and unique painting. We will discuss how butterflies taste their food, how they eat their food, how they create those beautiful patterns on their wings and how they protect themselves against predators.

Please make your booking online and make sure that you receive your email confirmation of booking, then print it out and bring it with you to your class.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£100

Website

http://www.drawingschool.org.uk/workshops/HowtoPaintaButterflySPR15

Introduction to Drawing, 1-day workshop

  • 27 March 2015 10:30am-4:30pm

A workshop for complete beginners to come along and have a go at drawing in a relaxed and supportive environment. To begin we will look at ways of ‘seeing’, using line and tone to make a convincing drawing. The tutor will be on hand to give individual guidance and advice. Don’t be put off by your lack of experience, everyone else will be in the same boat! Tutor Ruth Wallace has a great deal of experience with beginners and gives students confidence and encouragement all the way.

Suitable for

Admission

£50

Website

http://www.drawingschool.org.uk/workshops/IntroductiontoDrawing1dayworkshopSPR15

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