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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.
Imagined Landscapes

Imagined Landscapes

  • 6 February — 12 June 2016 *on now

Imagined Landscapes explores an alternative understanding of place in contemporary art and the role of the artist as spatial narrator, cartographer and geographer.

In response to visions of Wessex – an imagined literary place – found in Inquisitive Eyes, this multi-disciplinary group exhibition visits imaginary and real spaces, where myth and memory blend and landscapes are mapped, re-imagined and collaged back together. Through fictional topographies, ancient sites and transparent borders, the exhibition explores our relationship to place, both real and imagined.

Some artists furrow through the land, extracting a sense of place from the ground itself, or use feathers, stone and chalk to evoke the physical history of a site. On the surface, these imagined landscapes reveal traces, marks and pathways, creating fissures in the land where histories are revived and new stories are created.

Environmental issues come to the fore, as tidal erosion, coastal flooding and the scars left by human cultivation create new relationships with an ever-changing landscape.

Featured artists include: Jethro Brice, Iain Biggs RWA, Stephen Felmingham, Seila Fernandez Arconada, Paul Fieldsend-Danks, Paul Gough RWA, Lydia Halcrow, Tim Harrisson RWA, Rae Hicks, Eileen Lawrence RSA, Will Mclean, Gill Rocca, Melanie Rose, Jem Southam and Veronica Vickery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults: £6.95
(includes a 70p donation)

Concessions: £4.95
(includes a 50p donation)

Under 16s/SGS, UoB & UWE students: FREE

Art Fund card holders: £4.50 (includes a 50p donation)

Website

http://rwa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2016/02/imagined-landscapes/

Night Flight, Simon Quadrat PPRWA NEAC, oil on canvas

Simon Quadrat PPRWA

  • 6 February — 12 June 2016 *on now

In this intimate solo exhibition, Simon Quadrat RWA explores notions of place and memory, evoking visons of the past that are at once nostalgic and full of narrative possibility.

Post-war landscapes are scratched, scraped and layered with echoes from another time. Fusing real and imagined imagery from his childhood in 1950s London, his migrant ancestors and his own travels, Quadrat constructs landscapes from the industrial cityscapes, abandoned fairgrounds and weathered buildings of his imagination.

The off-kilter, self-contained worlds that Quadrat creates, where figures disappear and reappear amongst worn streets and flattened buildings, are like surreal stage-sets or decayed dioramas. In his more imaginary works, Italian collonades, byzantine domes and the soot of London’s factories sit beside helter skelters and bustling harbours. These layered, literary landscapes are places which exist as much in the mind as in paint.

Quadrat was elected an RWA in 2004 and was President between 2010 and 2011. In 2015 he became the New English Art Club’s newest member. He is represented by Panter and Hall, London.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults: £6.95
(includes a 70p donation)

Concessions: £4.95
(includes a 50p donation)

Under 16s/SGS, UoB & UWE students: FREE

Art Fund card holders: £4.50 (includes a 50p donation)

Website

http://rwa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2016/02/simon-quadrat/

'The Blue Pool', Augustus John, copyright: The estate of Augustus John. Bridgeman Images/Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum 'The Blue Pool', Augustus John, copyright: The estate of Augustus John. Bridgeman Images/Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum

Inquisitive Eyes: Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex, 1900 - 1914

  • 6 February — 12 June 2016 *on now

Featuring artists such as Augustus John, William Orpen and John Everett, Inquisitive Eyes reveals, for the first time, the importance of the Wessex landscape during a pivotal moment in British art.

In the early twentieth-century, a group of radical artists who were associated with the Slade and New English Art Club, explored and expanded the boundaries of art while roaming the hills around Purbeck. This rural Dorset retreat played host to an informal artists’ ‘colony’ - evidently as significant as St. Ives or Newlyn, but hitherto unrecognised.

This ground-breaking new exhibition of works, produced during this fascinating period, offers new insight into the development of British art.

The exhibition also features major works by Roger Fry and Vanessa Bell, whose depictions of the Wessex coastline afford an intriguing comparison with the previously assumed ‘modern’ work of the Slade painters, suggesting that the modernist battle was, in fact, waged upon the beaches of Dorset.

Curated by Gwen Yarker, Inquisitive Eyes is supported by the Foyle Foundation and the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art and is held in partnership with the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (NMM). Loans will include major works from national collections including the NMM, the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, as well as privately owned works by Philip Wilson Steer, Henry Tonks, William Orpen and Vanessa Bell – some unseen for generations.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults: £6.95
(includes a 70p donation)

Concessions: £4.95
(includes a 50p donation)

Under 16s/SGS, UoB & UWE students: FREE

Art Fund card holders: £4.50 (includes a 50p donation)

Website

http://rwa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2016/02/inquisitive-eyes/

Inquisitive Eyes: Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex, 1900 - 1914

  • 6 February — 12 June 2016 *on now

Featuring artists including Augustus John, William Orpen and John Everett, Inquisitive Eyes reveals for the first time the importance of the Wessex landscape at a pivotal moment in British art. Roaming the rolling hills and dramatic ancient coastline of Wessex – described by John as ‘lovely beyond words’ – a group of early twentieth-century artists associated with the Slade and New English Art Club explored and expanded the boundaries of art. The work they produced offers a riveting new insight into a period in which Purbeck played host to an informal artists’ ‘colony’, evidently as significant as St. Ives or Newlyn, but hitherto unrecognised. Roger Fry and Vanessa Bell’s depictions of the Wessex coastline also afford an intriguing comparison with the previously assumed ‘modern’ work of the Slade painters, suggesting that the modernist battle was in fact waged upon the beaches of Dorset.

Curated by Gwen Yarker, Inquisitive Eyes is supported by the Foyle Foundation and the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art and is held in partnership with the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (NMM). Loans will include major works from national collections including the NMM, the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, as well as privately owned works by Philip Wilson Steer, Henry Tonks, William Orpen and Vanessa Bell – some unseen for generations.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal Admission Charges Apply

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2016/02/inquisitive-eyes/

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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