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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.
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Women with Vision

  • 16 December 2017 — 11 March 2018 *on now

A celebration of women in British art - past, present and future. In a year of national milestones, the RWA marks the impact of female artists on our country's artistic landscape with four diverse exhibitions of historic and contemporary works.

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
National Art Pass holders: 50% discount on ticket price

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/women-vision

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Frink-Blow-Lawson

  • 16 December 2017 — 11 March 2018 *on now

Frink-Blow-Lawson brings together the work of Dame Elisabeth Frink, Sandra Blow and Sonia Lawson, and explores their profound impact, still recognisable today. The work featured in this unique exhibition reflects the underlying tension between figuration and abstraction, which ran throughout the twentieth century.

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
National Art Pass holders: 50% discount on ticket price

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/frink-blow-lawson

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Women of the RWA

  • 16 December 2017 — 11 March 2018 *on now

From its foundation to the present day, the RWA has had women artists at its heart. This diverse exhibition takes a walk through the RWA’s fascinating history and shines a light on the artists that shaped it.
Women of the RWA reflects on key artistic moments across three centuries. Alongside works by the Academy’s longest standing and newest female academicians, the exhibition includes works from the permanent collection. This exhibition is part of Women with Vision. A ticket to Women with Vision grants you access to all of the galleries and associated exhibitions.

Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5.30pm, Sunday 11am–5pm, CLOSED Mondays

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
National Art Pass holders: 50% discount on ticket price

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/women-rwa

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Anne Redpath RA RWA RSA

  • 30 January — 11 March 2018 *on now

An exhibition showcasing the vibrant paintings of Anne Redpath. As well as being an RWA Academician and Associate Royal Academician, Redpath was the first woman elected as a Royal Scottish Academician. Featuring works from the RWA permanent collection and loans from the Fleming- Wyfold Art Foundation.

Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5.30pm, Sunday 11am–5pm, CLOSED Mondays

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
National Art Pass holders: 50% discount on ticket price

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/anne-redpath-ra-rwa-rsa

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Neil Murison RWA (Hon)

  • 6 February — 4 March 2018 *on now

A solo exhibition by artist Neil Murison. In describing the influences upon his work, Neil states: 'My work is strongly based in nature. I keep sketchbooks and take endless photographs on my travels and am never short of source material. Each trip prompts its own response and becomes responsible for a series of paintings which reflect the memory of that experience. Work based around the life figure is also an important part of the work'.

Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5.30pm, Sunday 11am–5pm, CLOSED Mondays

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/neil-murison-rwa-hon

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Brain Art: Schools’ Exhibition

  • 6 — 25 March 2018

Following the success of 2016's exhibition, the Brain Art competition and exhibition returns with art created by local schools and inspired by the human brain.

Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5.30pm, Sunday 11am–5pm, CLOSED Mondays

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/brain-art-schools-exhibition

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Sawdust and Sequins: The Art of the Circus

  • 24 March — 3 June 2018

A major exhibition of historic and contemporary art that marks the UK's distinct circus heritage and the contemporary circus scene alive in Bristol today.
Since the 1700s, the circus has become a worldwide phenomenon and a rich source of inspiration for artists. The glitter and dare-devilry has hidden a sometimes harsh, itinerant way of life. Across the centuries, circus has evolved to encompass radical new forms of performance and self-expression.
From historical depictions of familiar circus scenes to contemporary works exploring both the glamour and grit, this exhibition surveys the complex, compelling nature of circus.
This exhibition coincides with Circus250 - a nationwide celebration of the 250th anniversary of circus in the UK.

Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5.30pm, Sunday 11am–5pm, CLOSED Mondays

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
National Art Pass holders: 50% discount on ticket price

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/sawdust-and-sequinsthe-art-circus

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.
informal art and drawing activites

Scribble and Sketch at RWA

  • 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

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Scribble and Sketch at Redcliffe Children’s Centre

  • 10 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

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Where

Redcliffe Children's Centre
Ship Ln
Bristol
BS1 6RR

Admission

Admission is free. No pre-booking required. Suitable for all ages, children must be supervised.

Website

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

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Junior Drawing School - in the Gallery

  • 20 February 2018 4:30-5:30pm

Come and explore the Women with Vision exhibition with Junior Drawing School tutors and gallery staff. Learn about different artists, media and techniques; take part in drawing activities and games.
Age limit 8+

Admission

£30 for 4 sessions (includes materials)

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/junior-drawing-school-gallery

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Scribble and Sketch at the RWA

  • 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.

Admission is free. No pre-booking required. Suitable for all ages, children must be supervised.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Admission is free. No pre-booking required. Suitable for all ages, children must be supervised.

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/scribble-and-sketch-rwa-3

"Rolinda Sharples"

Rolinda Sharples – Painted out of History

  • 19 February 2018 From 10:30am, From 12pm

Join PJ Crook and Friends in Bristol for a unique celebration of the life and works of the artist Rolinda Sharples. For this special screening of the film, we will be joined by PJ and also by the film’s director (Lee Cox) and screen-writer/animator (Hazel Gower), who will introduce it.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £6.95

Website

https://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/rolinda-sharples-%E2%80%93-painted-out-history

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Women of the West

  • 24 February 2018 11am-12:15pm

This illustrated talk, led by RWA Director Alison Bevan, will explore the life and work of some of the leading women artists who worked in the South West. From Elizabeth Forbes and Laura Knight to Vanessa Bell and Rose Hilton, this talk will explore their relationships with the wider art world and their roles in breaking down the gender barrier to artistic recognition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10
£8 concessions

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/women-west

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Friends Talk: Sandra Porter

  • 3 March 2018 11am-12:15pm

Join Academician Sandra Porter for a discussion about her work and practice. Sandra is a contemporary abstract artist interested in the symbiotic relationship between painting, drawing and printmaking. Her work currently explores a fascination with grids, stripes and recurrent schemes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10
£8 Friends

Website

https://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/friends-talk-sandra-porter

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There's No Such Thing As A Woman Artist - Panel Discussion

  • 8 March 2018 6:30-8:30pm

On International Women's Day, the RWA is hosting a panel discussion exploring what it means to be described as a 'woman artist' and why we still attach this prefix.The panel will explore and unpack the archetypal distinctions traditionally applied to male and female artists, as well as examining contemporary assessments of gender roles. Chaired by Claire Doherty, the new Director of Arnolfini, panellists will include RWA Academicians, Artist Network Members and specialists from the University of Bristol.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10/£8 concessions

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/theres-no-such-thing-woman-artist-panel-discussion

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On Form: Gallery Tour for Visually Impaired Adults

  • 9 March 2018 4:15-5:45pm

Led by an experienced facilitator alongside gallery staff and volunteers, our described tours will help you explore the current exhibitions. Each session will focus on a different selection of art works, and both will include time for group discussion. Refreshments will be provided.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/form-gallery-tour-visually-impaired-adults-0

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Art History Day School: Portraiture, Sculpture and Britain's Women Artists

  • 10 March 2018 10:30am-4:30pm

This event is the second of two, linked Art History Day Schools. The history of women in art has tended to be one of defiance and struggle against dispiriting odds, with very few exceptions to encourage them in the fight.
In association with the Women with Vision and Women of the RWA, these two, linked day schools explore the achievement of women artists in sculpture and portrait painting - both considered until recently the prerogative of the male hand and gaze. Find out how women such as Vanessa Bell and Dod Procter, Barbara Hepworth, Elisabeth Frink and Maggie Hambling asserted their abilities in these challenging disciplines, not only matching the skills of their male contemporaries but pushing the boundaries of art itself. These day schools are led by Dr Justine Hopkins - a freelance lecturer in Art History. Previously, Dr Hopkins has lectured at the Victoria and Albert Museum; Bristol, London, Oxford and Cambridge Universities; the Tate, National and National Portrait Galleries; Sotheby’s, Christies’ and assorted independent institutions, and is a registered lecturer for NADFAS.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£30

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/art-history-day-school-women-painting-portraits

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Make a Circus Costume with Let’s Make Art

  • 27 March 2018 11am-12pm, 1-2pm

Make a Circus Costume with Let’s Make Art

Roll up, roll up, and have some fun making circus costumes. Become a clown, lion, elephant, strongperson or ringmaster!

11am – 12pm, 3-5 year olds

1pm – 2pm, ages 6+

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£7.50 per child

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/make-circus-costume-let%E2%80%99s-make-art

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Sara Dudman RWA and Debbie Locke RWA: Working in Collaboration

  • 21 April 2018 11am-12:15pm

A talk by Academicians Sara Dudman RWA and Debbie Locke RWA on their experience of working collaboratively, amalgamating two contrasting individual art practices. This collaboration created a series of drawings, paintings and a film over a 3 years period. The artists worked in partnership with a Devon farmer, who generously allowed them access to his flock of sheep and his working dog, Fly, on his farm in the Blackdown Hills.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10 / £8 Friends

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/sara-dudman-rwa-and-debbie-locke-rwa-working-collaboration

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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