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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.
Into the Fields

Into the Fields: The Newlyn School and Other Artists

  • 20 June — 6 September 2015 *on now

In celebration of Bristol’s year as European Green Capital, the RWA is proud to present a major exhibition of rural realist paintings by the world famous Newlyn School artists (1880 - 1930) and their contemporaries.

Predominantly focusing on our of our region’s most notable artistic enclaves, the Newlyn School, Into the Fields also includes associated artists such as George Clausen and Henry La Thangue. The RWA’s history includes a rich relationship with Newlyn, so it is fitting that the show includes RWA Academicians such as Dame Laura Knight, Stanhope Forbes and Thomas Cooper Gotch, as well as regular exhibitors including Walter Langley, ‘Lamorna’ Birch and Frank Gascoigne Heath.

Like their Barbizon School forebears, the Newlyn School represented rural workers as timeless and heroic, resourceful and sustainable. They captured the farmworkers with earthy hues, representing in visual form their symbiotic relationship with the land. These noble workers are shown alongside representations of the soil’s fruits, from farming and gardening to mining and quarrying.

A notable absence is any sign of industrialisation, which was then sweeping through a rapidly urbanising nation. This deliberate capturing of vanishing traditional farming methods provides interesting parallels for contemporary debates about the sustainability of modern agricultural techniques. Such questions lead us back to key concerns absorbing the city in its year as European Green Capital, whilst bringing some of the nineteenth and twentieth century’s most popular painters to the RWA to create a visually stunning walk through the Cornish countryside.

‘Into the Fields’ has been developed from ‘Sons and Daughters of the Soil’, staged at Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance, spring 2015, to celebrate the United Nations’ ‘International Year of the Soil’. The RWA would like to thank Penlee House Gallery & Museum for their invaluable assistance throughout, and to thank the generosity of all public and private lenders.





20 June – 6 September 2015
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

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

Website

http://rwa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2015/06/into-the-fields/

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.
RWA

Peter Randall-Page RWA and Kate MccGwire

  • 20 June — 10 September 2015 *on now

Two internationally renowned British artists, Peter Randall-Page RWA and Kate MccGwire, have been brought together for this striking exhibition as part of the RWA’s environmental theme for Bristol’s year as European Green Capital. Featuring two-and three-dimensional work, both artists explore natural phenomena, patterns and repetition, utilising natural or found materials within which to reflect the rhythms of nature.

MccGwire’s work hints at something hidden or lying dormant beneath the surface, concealed by luminescent coats of feathers, each one donated or collected and meticulously preserved. Her writhing, serpentine sculptures – such as the monumental Gyre – are at once both compelling and repelling, beautiful and grotesque.

Although Randall-Page’s work draws on a broad frame of reference from geology, biology and morphology to mathematics, music, pattern and variation, his primary concern is with our subjective, emotional response to shape and form. His recent large-scale ink drawings create watery tributaries across the wall, rich russet-red and black ink splaying outwards like the branches of a tree, river deltas or vascular and neural networks.

Peter Randall-Page has exhibited widely including major solo shows at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and most recently at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and Plymouth University, 2014. He has undertaken numerous large-scale commissions in England and abroad and his work is held in public and private collections including Japan, South Korea, Australia, USA, Turkey, Eire, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. His public sculptures can be found in London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol. He was elected an RWA in 1993.

Kate MccGwire was recently selected for the 2015 Venice Biennale and has previously shown at Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature and Museum National d’histoire Naturelle, Paris; Galerie Particulière, Brussels; MoMu, Antwerp; Norwich Castle Museum; The Royal Academy, London; Shenghua Art Centre, China; and numerous other unusual site-specific venues including the National Trust properties Tatton Park, Felbrigg Hall, and Attingham Park. She has completed residencies in China and New York and studied at the Royal College of Art.

Kate MccGwire is shown in collaboration with Coates & Scarry.

20 June – 10 September 2015
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
Galleries and café Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm Sunday: 11am – 5pm 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

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://rwa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2015/06/kate-mccgwire-peter-randall-page-/

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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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