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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

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.
View of the gallery at the RWA

Academician Candidate Exhibition

  • 9 September — 3 December 2017 *on now

The RWA, as one of five Royal Academies in Great Britain and Ireland, has a membership of 150 Academicians. Academicians are an independent body of artists at the forefront of their profession, who have achieved excellence in their field, and who are committed to contributing to the future of the RWA. Academicians are elected on the basis that they are practicing artists of ability and experience, creators of art works judged to be of a consistently high standard and willing to undertake the commitments and responsibilities of the elected membership.

Each year, we invite the shortlist of Academician Candidates to exhibit a selection of their recent works alongside the Annual Open Exhibition. During this time, the current Academician body will anonymously vote for the Candidates they would like to see become Academicians. The exhibition on our lower ground floor is also open to the public.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free of charge

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/academician-candidate-exhibition

Main gallery at 164 Annual Open Exhibition

165th Annual Open Exhibition

  • 1 October — 3 December 2017 *on now

The 165th Annual Open will run from 1 October to 3 December 2017 featuring artists of all ages and backgrounds, both emerging and established. This year's exhibition will include work by two renowned artists - painter and President of the Royal Academy, Christopher Le Brun, and photographic artist Tom Hunter RA.

Over 2700 works have been submitted by over 1000 artists from across the country and beyond. This year, the selection panel included acclaimed curator Marie-Anne McQuay, and writer, curator and lecturer James Russell, alongside RWA President Stuart Geddes and Academicians Stephen Jacobson, John Maine, Rachel Ara and Sara Dudman.

This year the RWA has seen submissions across all disciplines including painting, sculpture, photography, print-making, textile, film and installation.

As Bristol’s first art gallery and the UK’s only regional Royal Academy of Art, the Annual Open reflects the RWA’s ongoing commitment to championing world-class art in the region and creating opportunities for new and emerging talent.

All work is for sale and, with prices starting from just £25, the Annual Open a perfect opportunity to discover new artists or invest in established names.

The Annual Open Exhibition continues to play a significant role in raising funds for this dynamic charity (1070163), which receives no regular funding from the government or crown, in order to maintain its historically significant building and to present its ambitious programme of exhibitions.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6.95 (including a 70p donation) or £4.95 (including a 50p donation)

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/

informal art and drawing activites

Scribble and Sketch at RWA

  • 4 November 2017 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 2 December 2017 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 6 January 2018 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 3 February 2018 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 3 March 2018 10:30am-12:30pm

Ideal for families of all ages, Scribble and Sketch offers a free morning of fun and informal art and drawing activities, often inspired by the current exhibitions.

These sessions are designed for kids and grown-ups to take part in together. Come and get creative in this friendly and relaxed environment - everyone is welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free of charge

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/scribble-and-sketch-rwa-0

informal art and drawing activities

Scribble and Sketch in Easton

  • 18 November 2017 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 16 December 2017 10:30am-12:30pm

Ideal for families of all ages, Scribble and Sketch offers a free morning of fun and informal art and drawing activities, often inspired by the current exhibitions at the RWA.

This session takes place at Easton Community Centre.

These sessions are designed for kids and grown-ups to take part in together. Come and get creative in this friendly and relaxed environment - everyone is welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free of charge

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/scribble-and-sketch-easton-9

Informal art and drawing activities

Scribble and Sketch in Redcliffe

  • 9 December 2017 10:30am-12:30pm

Ideal for families of all ages, Scribble and Sketch offers a free morning of fun and informal art and drawing activities, often inspired by the current exhibitions at the RWA.

This session takes place at Redcliffe Children’s Centre

These sessions are designed for kids and grown-ups to take part in together. Come and get creative in this friendly and relaxed environment - everyone is welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free of charge

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/scribble-and-sketch-redcliffe-0

Dull art work at RWA workshop

Life into Death Drawing

  • 30 October 2017 7:30-9:30am

Step into the RWA’s Grade II* listed galleries to discover a feast for the imagination. Draw directly from models re-staging some of the most chilling images in the history of art. Facilitator Hannah Murgatroyd will offer guidance in how to immortalise the mortal and capture the mood through your drawings. Prepare to be enraptured by gothic story-telling and poetry readings, and discover the talismanic world of Jill Carter’s dolls and bundles as curious, otherworldly subjects for still life studies, facilitated by the artist herself. Ticket includes sessions drawing from both life models and still life, in addition to poetry and storytelling. A paid bar will also be available. All materials and equipment provided. To book your place, please contact sophie.bristol@rwa.org.uk

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your booking within 2 weeks of the start of the course or workshop you will not be eligible to receive a refund, nor will you be eligible to transfer to another course or workshop unless we can find someone to take your place on your original booking.
If we cancel a course or workshop for whatever reason then you will be offered a different date, course or a full refund.

Admission

£22

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/life-death-drawing

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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