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.
Draw

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

  • 21 March — 7 June 2015 *on now

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-/

Dtawn

Drawn 2015

  • 21 March — 7 June 2015 *on now

Back by popular demand in 2015 is our open submission exhibition Drawn, continuing to raise the profile of drawing as both an autonomous discipline and an interdisciplinary tool. As a means of communication and navigation, drawing has taken on a universality and accessibility unlike any other medium. It is a building block of creativity, key to the visualisation and translation of ideas and practices, fundamental in making, doing, testing, designing, thinking, playing and living.

Drawing has taken on different definitions across the centuries, crossing spatial and theoretical boundaries and creating intersections between disciplines as diverse as typography and photography. Drawn celebrates this diversity encouraging artists to explore the gallery using both wall and floor space, utilising both traditional and experimental techniques and technologies. Submissions have been invited from artists who either draw or explore the concept of drawing in their work, including illustrators, videographers, sculptors, printers, embroiderers, typographers, animators and architects, presenting a multidisciplinary approach to this resurging medium.

This year’s selection panel includes Anita Taylor, artist, Director of Jerwood Drawing Prize and Dean of Bath School of Art & Design; Kate McFarlane, Director of Drawing Room, London; Yvonne Crossley RWA, artist and founder of The Drawing Gallery, and artists Tim Harrisson RWA and Fiona Robinson RWA.

We are also pleased to announce that Drawn’s Invited Artist is award-winning British artist Tania Kovats whose work explores landscape, including temporal works as well as drawings and sculptures. Kovats was the Henry Moore Drawing Fellow, 2004, following which she published a survey of drawing exploring the medium as a primary means of expression. She is course leader of the MA Drawing Course at University of the Arts, Wimbledon, and regularly exhibits in the UK and abroad.

Entries for Drawn close on 5 March 2015, please click here to enter.

The Drawing Lab

Returning alongside Drawn is the ever-popular Drawing Lab, a space designed to encourage interaction and participation, welcoming all ages and abilities to come inside: investigate, discuss, test, create and play.

Drawing can be an act of communication, a way to navigate or a visual signpost. By making a mark we can create a record, provide clarity, or indicate the point of departure. In the Lab visitors are invited to explore these interpretations of drawing for themselves, using it as a space to pause, consider, and be inspired.

This artist-led space will evolve throughout the exhibition as our many artists-in-residence investigate the practice of drawing in-situ, adding their own drawings and experiments to the walls. We will also be inviting you to make your own contribution, either participating in collaborative workshops, providing feedback, or taking part in one of our drawing games.

A number of different artists and practitioners will be working in the space throughout the exhibition including Laurie Lax, Sara Dudman, Debbie Locke RWA, members of the University of the West of England drawing research group HATCH, and RWA Academicians and Artist Network members. They will be exploring drawing through physical practice, discussion and workshops, inviting you to get involved.

Don’t forget, you can buy an exhibition return ticket and come back as many times as you wish during the exhibition to see how the space evolves.

For a full timetable of artists working in the space, activities and workshops, please click here.

21 March – 7 June 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/

Don’t forget, you can buy an exhibition return ticket and come back as many times as you wish during the exhibition to see how the space evolves. For a full list of artists working in the space, activities and workshops, please visit www.rwa.org.uk

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.

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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/2015/03/drawn2015/

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

Life Drawing for Beginners

  • 14 April — 23 June 2015 *on now

Ruth Wallace will provide an introduction to life drawing for anyone new to the subject or those looking to brush up on their skills. In a relaxed and supportive environment, students will work from a range of models to develop their observational drawing skills. The course will take you through different approaches to drawing the human figure from quick gestural sketches to longer, more considered drawings and will include topics such as line drawing and tonal drawing. Sessions will include opportunities for individual feedback and discussion as well as group instruction. This course is suitable for beginners.

STARTS Tuesday 14 April 2015

Half Term: 25 - 29 May

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 first class.

Material List

*Materials will be provided for this course.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£190
Friends of RWA 10% discount

Website

http://www.drawingschool.org.uk/courses/LifeDrawingforBeginnersSUM15

Creative gym

The Creative Gym!

  • 16 April — 16 May 2015 *on now

Fun and lively art-making workshops for adults, to help you unwind after a busy day! Last season’s classes were very popular, including collage, embroidery and ink drawing and this term’s are no less diverse. Absolute beginners welcome.

Tuesday 21 April: Let's Make Art: Memento Book Workshop

Join Alice Hendy and Karen Davies for another innovative artistic adventure...Make a book by hand to house your memories using printed papers and glassine envelopes.

Book Online here

Tuesday 28 April: Let's Make Art - with Alice Hendy and Karen Davies. Leather Envelope Workshop

Transform a piece of leather into a chic envelope ideal to use as a purse or phone case.

Book Online here

Tuesday 5 May: Making Mischief with Ros Cuthbert - Juan Miro, Jim Nutt, Gladys Nillson, Enrico Baj were artists who loved to play. In this two hour session, using paint and collage, we will see what mischievous images we can come up with!

Tuesday 12 May: Louise Block - Glass hangings - your opportunity to try working in a different medium! Make a small glass panel using brilliantly coloured glass pieces; also make a wonderful decorative piece using glass and Das (self hardening clay)

Book Online here

Tuesday 19 May: Louise Block - Handmade paper - make pictures with coloured paper pulp from recycled paper. Experiment with colour texture & pattern, Other things like flower petals or glitter can also be added.

Book Online here

Tuesday 26 May: Ellen Wilkinson - Fantastical Collage!

Use a multitude of materials to create a colourful collage to adorn the home.

Tuesday 2 June: Anouk Mercier - Drawing Basics

Refresh and sharpen your drawing skills through a range of short drawing exercises using the RWA building for inspiration. Weather permitting we will enjoy drawing the view from the balcony in the evening sun!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12.50 per session

£75 for all 7 sessions

Website

http://rwa.org.uk/whats-on/events/2015/04/creativegym2/

Twighlight Tuesdays

Twilight Tuesdays - Late Night Exhibition Entry

  • 21 April — 21 June 2015 *on now

Twilight Tuesdays - Late Night Exhibition Entry

During Drawn and Drawing On... we will be extending our opening hours to 8:30pm on Tuesdays 21, 28 APRIL; 5, 12, 19, 26 MAY and 2 JUNE. The perfect afterhours opportunity to visit our exhibitions and galleries!

Have supper at the RWA

Papadeli café will be staying open until 8pm. Why not indulge in an artwork treat of decadent cake or one of Papadeli's renowned salads for supper!

Drawn and Drawing On...

Spring marks a celebration of drawing at the RWA with Drawn and Drawing On…The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art
Drawing On… turns 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, Barbara Hepworth, Keith Vaughan, Henry Moore, and Stanley Spencer, amongst many more.

Accompanying Drawing On... is the RWA’s open submission exhibition Drawn, continuing to raise the profile of drawing as both an autonomous discipline and an interdisciplinary tool. Submissions have been invited from artists who either draw or explore the concept of drawing in their work, including illustrators, videographers, sculptors, printers, embroiderers, typographers, animators and architects.

TUESDAY 21, 28 APRIL; 5, 12, 19, 26 MAY and 2 JUNE 2015 6pm - 8:30pm Last entry at 8pm
Admission prices
Entry after 6pm is charged at the following discounted rate

£4 Adults (includes a 40p voluntary Gift Aid donation)

£3 Concession (includes a 30p voluntary Gift Aid 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/

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission prices
Entry after 6pm is charged at the following discounted rate

£4 Adults (includes a 40p voluntary Gift Aid donation)

£3 Concession (includes a 30p voluntary Gift Aid 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/

Website

http://rwa.org.uk/whats-on/events/2015/04/twilight-tuesdays-entry/

RWA

Beginners Drawing In Relief Print

  • 28 April 2015 10am-1pm *on now
  • 5 May 2015 10am-1pm
  • 12 May 2015 10am-1pm
  • 19 May 2015 10am-1pm

Kerry Day will show you how to translate your drawings into prints as this five week course introduces you to the wonderful art of relief printing. Using Japanese cutting tools you will learn the basics of lino cutting, registration methods, and colour work using single and multi blocks. For added effect, explore the technique of hand burnishing to add tone and texture to your work. Suitable for all abilities and no previous experience of print is required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£95

Website

http://www.drawingschool.org.uk/courses/BeginnersdrawingintoreliefPrintSUM15

RWA

Artist Professional Development Sessions

  • 28 April 2015 6:30-8:30pm *on now
  • 5 May 2015 6:30-8:30pm
  • 12 May 2015 6:30-8:30pm
  • 19 May 2015 6:30-8:30pm
  • 26 May 2015 6:30-8:30pm
  • 2 June 2015 6:30-8:30pm

The RWA’s Artist Professional Development Sessions offer useful advice for both emerging and more established artists. They are delivered by a range of creative practitioners, lecturers, producers and curators and last term included a range of topics, from marketing your work, to setting up gallery spaces.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10 per session
£5 Artist Network Members

Website

http://rwa.org.uk/whats-on/events/2015/04/apd2/

Raffle

Drawn Raffle

  • 25 April — 7 June 2015 *on now

Fancy winning a large chunk of money to put towards some beautiful original artwork?
Simply enter our raffle to be in with a chance to win the fantastic prize of £250 towards an artwork of your choice from our amazing Drawn exhibition!
Tickets are just £1 or 6 for £5 and are available to purchase from our reception. Don't miss out on this chance the raffle will end on the last day of the exhibition, 7 June!
http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2015/…/drawn2015/

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1 per ticket or 5 for £6

Website

http://rwa.org.uk

Scribble and Sketch Extra

Scribble and Sketch EXTRA with Sarah Smith

  • 2 May — 6 June 2015
  • From 4 July 2015

Session no.9 - Saturday 2 May: An introduction to... Storyboarding!



Session no.10 - Saturday 6 June: An introduction to... Drawing Hands and Feet!

Saturday 4 April, 2 May, 6 June, 4 July 2.30 - 4pm
Admission prices
£10 per child

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?

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Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£10 per child

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/events/2015/04/scribbleandsketchextraspringsummer15/

RWA

A Response to Drawn - In collaboration with the University of Bristol

  • 21 May — 17 June 2015

This spring, the RWA will be working with students on the University of Bristol’s MA course in Art History to curate an exhibition in response to our biennial open submission show Drawn and Drawing On, The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art.Students taking part in the course will be responding to Drawn’s multidisciplinary approach, selecting works from the RWA’s own significant collection. The exhibition is delivered in partnership with the Department of Art History, University of Bristol, see www.bristol.ac.uk/arthistory





21 May – 17 June 2015
Admission prices
Free Exhibition

Located on the Lower Ground Floor

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.

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Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE

Website

http://rwa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2015/05/a-response-to-drawn-/

RWA Secret Postcard Auction

RWA Secret Postcard Auction

  • 4 June 2015 7-9pm

Following the huge success of last year’s auction where works by renowned artists as Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst were auctioned off to eager bidders, the RWA is delighted to announce that the Secret Postcard Auction is back.

Join us on Thursday 4 June for a social evening of wine and nibbles and the chance to purchase postcard-sized unique works of art.

While most of the postcards can be won by silent bids, the highlight of the evening will undoubtedly be the live auction, where a selection of cards will go under the hammer, and we are delighted to welcome back Andrew Morgan of Hollis Morgan Property Auction as our auctioneer.

The names of all contributing artists will be available at the Gallery and online, but the identities of who did which postcard will remain secret until the auction ends. Each postcard is signed by the artist on the back and bids will start at £40, which is cheap for any original work of art, but could be the bargain of the century if it turns out to be by a Royal Academician or Turner Prize Winner!

The postcards will go on display at the RWA in Queens Road prior to the live event so that visitors and potential collectors can come in and view the works and place silent bids.

All the proceeds of the cards sold will go towards supporting the RWA, which is a Registered Charity (1070163) and receives no regular core funds to run and maintain one of Bristol’s best-loved buildings and England’s only regional Royal Academy of Art.

Tickets are £5 and include a drink on arrival and nibbles.

Have a great night out, grab a bargain AND support a great cause – what could be better?!

Tickets can be bought online here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-rwa-secret-postcard-auction-tickets-16501202541

Admission

£5

Website

http://rwa.org.uk/whats-on/events/2015/4/rwa-secret-postcard-/

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