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.
Tree

Arboretum

  • 21 November 2014 — 8 March 2015 *on now

Arboretum

The Art of Trees; the Arborealists and other Artists

19 December 2014 – 8 March 2015

Arboretum follows on from the critically acclaimed and highly popular Under the Greenwood – Picturing the British Tree at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery. Reprising themes from the contemporary element of this show it explores the importance of the tree as a rich and vital subject for art, featuring work from members of the Arborealists: Jemma Appleby, Ann Arnold, Graham Arnold, Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, Joanna Barry, Philippa Beale, John Blandy, Hannah Brown, Gary Colclough, Tim Craven, Celia de Serra, Michelle Dovey, Dan Hays, Abi Kremer, Ffiona Lewis, Fiona MacIntyre, Hannah Maybank, Alex Pemberton, Julian Perry, Lesley Slight and RWA Academicians Nicola Bealing RWA, Martin Bentham RWA, Kurt Jackson RWA, Howard Phipps RWA, Michael Porter RWA, Anthony Whishaw RWA and Lisa Wright RWA.

Arboretum will be showing at the RWA in conjunction with The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014: A Celebration of British Wildlife. This launches the start of a programme of environmentally focused exhibitions at the RWA engaging with nature and landscape to celebrate the start of Bristol’s year as the Green Capital.

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://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2015/01/arboretum/

British Wildlife

The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014 A Celebration of British Wildlife

  • 18 December 2014 — 18 March 2015 *on now

The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014

A Celebration of British Wildlife

The British Wildlife Photography Awards proudly announce the winners for 2014. The Awards celebrate both the work of amateur and professional photographers and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife.

Winning images are chosen from thousands of entries in sixteen separate categories including a special film category for Wildlife in HD Video and three junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

“Each year the British Wildlife Photography Awards generates an incredible catalogue of splendid, exciting, imaginative and artistic images, proving beyond doubt that we have the richest palette of life to celebrate in our own backyard. Anyone passionate about protecting and preserving wildlife will be inspired by the British Wildlife Photography Awards, which in its fifth year has done more than any other award to raise the profile of British wildlife”, Chris Packham, TV Presenter and Naturalist.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5 Adult/ £3.50 Concession, £8 Exhibition Return Ticket, £2 Art Fund (suggested donation), Free SGS, FRWA, UWE, UOB.

Website

http://www.rwa.org.uk

Drawn

Drawn

  • 7 January — 5 March 2015 *on now

DRAWN - OPEN SUBMISSION EXHIBITION

Hinterland 2 (detail), Caroline Ali from Drawn 2013 © RWA 2015.

What is Drawn?
Drawn is a biennial open submission drawing exhibition. It aims to raise the profile of drawing, exploring it as both an autonomous discipline and an interdisciplinary tool. The exhibition pushes the parameters of drawing by exploring the parallel language of multiple disciplines.

Submissions are 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.

Artists are encouraged to use both wall and floor space utilising both traditional and experimental techniques and technologies, exploring the boundaries of drawing. The decision of the selection panel on what constitutes drawing / an exploration of drawing will be final.

Entry opens on the 7 January and closes on 5 March 2015 and the exhibition will be open to the public from the 21 March – 7 June 2015.

This year our selection panel includes: Anita Taylor, Jerwood Drawing Prize founder; Kate MacFarlane, 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 2015 Invited Artist is award-winning British artist Tania Kovats. Full biographies will be available shortly on the website.

A select number of prizes will be awarded including the:
• Theresa Knowles Travel Bursary (value of £1500)
• RWA Artist Residency Award and the Bristol Drawing School Scholarship
• Bristol Fine Art Award for Works on Paper
• The Bristol Drawing School Scholarship for Students

For further information on prizes please see here.

Drawn will take place in the Sharples and Winterstoke Galleries (the two main galleries) and will be accompanied by The Drawing Lab, an interactive artist-led participation space and an exhibition of curated drawings spanning Modern British Art in the side galleries. Drawn 2015 provides the opportunity to show alongside a renowned list of artists, however please note that in relation to Drawn 2013 that space for selected works will be limited.

To find out how to enter please read the instructions below and download a copy of the Terms and Conditions here before proceeding to our Online Submission System to enter.

To see entries from Drawn 2013 please visit our Flickr site here.

Submission Guidance
• Artists are encouraged to submit recent work (produced within the last 3 years)
• A maximum of 3 works may be submitted per applicant
• Work cannot have been exhibited before at the RWA
• Work should be for sale, however, site-specific work will be considered for selection (if work is not for sale please enter £1 as the price in OSS).

How much does it cost to submit work?
Submission fees are charged per item:
• £18 per item for General Public
• £16 per item for Students
• £14 per item for Friends of the RWA
• £9 per item RWA Artist Network member
• FREE per item RWA Academicians (please note that Academicians work is subject to the same conditions of entry as all other categories and is not guaranteed to be accepted for selection).

How do I submit work?
• All applicants must apply online using our Online Submission System (OSS).
• Please read the OSS User Guide if you are experiencing difficulty registering online.
• Please ensure that you have read the Terms and Conditions to ensure that your work fully complies with entry guidelines for this exhibition.

Do I have to submit images of my work online?
• Please note you do not have to submit an image for this exhibition.

What happens once I have submitted my work?
The closing date for online submission is the 5 March 2015 at 5pm. After this point no changes can be made to your application. Therefore please ensure that you have submitted all the correct details and paid for your submission by this date. Please note that moving image works must be received by the 1 March (please see Terms and Conditions for more information).

Once you have submitted your details online all artists must bring their work to the RWA. Unlike our Annual Open Exhibition there is no online pre-selection stage for Drawn, therefore all submitted works should be physically delivered to the RWA for selection on the dates in the Terms and Conditions. If you wish to book regional transport please download a copy of the Transport Regulations here.

Selection Day will take place on Sunday 15 March and results will be available to view online on the 18 March from 1pm. All successful entrants will be invited to a Private View on the 20 March, 6-9pm. Please note that it is the artist’s responsibility to check their results.

Unsuccessful work can be collected on set dates listed in the Terms and Conditions.

What dates should I remember?
Submissions Open: 7 January 2015
Deadline for receipt of film & moving image entries: 5pm, 1 March 2015
Submissions Closed: 5pm, 5 March 2015
Regional Transport Closed: 5pm, 5 March 2015
Hand-in Days: 10am – 5pm, 13 and 14 March 2015
Selection Day: 15 March 2015
Selection Results go live: 1pm, 18 March 2015
Private View: 6-9pm, 20 March 2015
Collection of unselected works: 10am – 5pm, 26 – 28 March 2015
Collection of all works: 10am – 5pm, 11-13 June 2015

Useful Documents and Links
Drawn Terms and Conditions
Drawn Regional Transport Information
Drawn OSS User Guide and FAQs
RWA Online Submission System
Drawn 2013 Images
Drawn Prizes

Full Exhibition Guidance and Terms and Conditions for Drawn.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

• £18 per item for General Public
• £16 per item for Students
• £14 per item for Friends of the RWA
• £9 per item RWA Artist Network member
• FREE per item RWA Academicians (please note that Academicians work is subject to the same conditions of entry as all other categories and is not guaranteed to be accepted for selection).

Draw

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

  • 21 March — 7 June 2015

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-/

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.
Life drawing drop in

Life Drawing Drop-in

  • 7 January — 25 March 2015 *on now

Life Drawing Drop-in

Start Date: Wednesday, 7th January 2015
Times: 6.30-8.30pm
Duration: 10 weeks
Tutor: Anouk Mercier
Cost: £100 in advance for term or £10/£8 concession per session
Suitable for: Suitable for all abilities
This class in a drop in so you can just turn up,
places are filled on a first come first served basis.

Places Available!

The ideal opportunity to practice drawing from a model in a friendly and supportive environment. Classes are based in the RWA’s stunning main galleries with the latest exhibitions as a backdrop. Price includes a tutor on-hand for advice and assistance, paper and basic materials and a choice of two models to draw from each week (numbers permitting). The drop-in sessions provide a great chance to try out Bristol Drawing School classes. Book ahead for the term or turn up on the night and pay at the door, no booking required. On colder days we advise bringing or wearing a warm layer. This drop-in is suitable for all abilities.

STARTS WEDNESDAY 7 January 2015

Life Drawing Drop-in dates for this term:

7, 14, 21, 28 Jan

4, 11, 18, 25 Feb

4, 25 March

*Please note that this term there will be no class on 11 and 18 March 2015 to allow for an exhibition changeover. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Please be advised to avoid disappointment that if you are paying on the door then spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you book for the whole term please make sure that you receive your email confirmation of booking, then print it out and bring it with you.

Material List

Materials will be provided for this course.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£100 in advance for term or £10/£8 concession per session

Website

http://www.drawingschool.org.uk/courses/LifeDrawingDropinSPR15

Artist

Artist Professional Development Sessions

  • 20 January — 3 March 2015 *on now

This new series of CPD sessions aims to offer support and advice to both emerging and more established visual artists, in a number of areas, from funding your creative practice to writing about yours and others’ artworks. The sessions will combine talks, presentations and discussion and will also be a great way to meet fellow creative practitioners.

January 13: Writing and talking about artworks

with Phil Owen, writer, musician and Research Assistant at Arnolfini, Bristol

January 20: Commercial galleries and public commissions

with Claire Sharpe, Freelance Visual Arts Producer. Identifying new opportunities for producing and exhibiting your work

January 27: Marketing your work

with Artist-Lecturer Julie McCalden, artist and freelance arts professional

February 3: Setting up your own space

with Artist-Curator Lucie Ackerman

February 10: Working Creatively with Young People

with Emily Bull. Interim Programme Director, Creative Youth Network

February 24: Funding your work

with Artist-Lecturer Julie McCalden, artist and freelance arts professional

March 3: Practice-led Research PhDs

with Artist-Lecturer Katie Davies

Tuesday 13, 20, 27 January; 3, 10, 24 February and 3 March 6.30 – 8.30pm
Admission prices
£10 per session or 7 weeks for £60

Artist Network Members £5 per session

Book Online Here:

All Sessions

13 January

20 January

27 January

3 February

10 February

24 February

3 March

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£10 per session or 7 weeks for £60

Artist Network Members £5 per session

Website

http://rwa.org.uk/whats-on/events/2015/01/artistprofessionaldevelopment/

The Creative Gym: I draw what you see

  • 3 March 2015 6:30-8:30pm

Fancy letting off steam after a hectic day at work or college? Tired of the treadmill, the rowing machine and the exercise bike? Come and de-stress at RWA’s new Creative Gym classes, where each week you will be guided through a range of fun, informal and unusual art-making activities by a diverse range of experienced tutors. Absolute beginners welcome!

I draw what you see with Anouk Mercier - See where your drawing takes you when sketching from someone else's description of subjects and events…

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£10 per session

Website

http://rwa.org.uk/whats-on/events/2015/02/creativegym/

Scribble and Sketch EXTRA! An introduction to portrait drawing

  • 7 March 2015 2:30-4pm

If you are looking for more focussed art-making workshops, exploring a range of skills and techniques, from colour theory to proportion and perspective, then Scribble and Sketch Extra could be just for you!

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?

Suitable for ages 6-11.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£10 per session

Website

http://rwa.org.uk/whats-on/events/2015/02/scribbleandskecthextraspring15/

Scribble and Sketch, with Anouk Mercier

  • 7 March 2015 10:30am-1pm

Scribble and Sketch is ideal for families of all ages and abilities, offering a morning of fun and informal drawing exercises, led by Bristol Drawing Club founder and artist Anouk Mercier.

Activities are designed for parents, grandparents and children to take part in together, in a lively and relaxed environment, or you can simply take advantage of the materials to get creative.

Everyone is welcome! Book in advance or drop in on the day and join in (space permitting). All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free with exhibition entry

Website

http://rwa.org.uk/whats-on/events/2015/02/scribbleandsketchspring2015/

Buterfly

How to Paint a Butterfly, 2-day workshop

  • 21 — 22 March 2015 10:30am-4:30pm

How to Paint a Butterfly, 2-day workshop

Start Date: Saturday, 21st March 2015
Times: Sat 10.30am-4.30pm, Sun 11am-4pm
Duration: 2-day workshop
Tutor: Cath Hodsman
Cost: £100
Suitable for: Suitable for all abilities
Places Available!

Butterflies are amongst our most well known and well loved insects. This watercolour painting day gives those of us who are fascinated by these ethereal creatures, the chance to study them and paint them in wonderful detail.

This is a unique and absorbing course, is aimed at both lovers of painting and entomology, especially butterflies. You don’t have to be an expert in either, but you need to be fascinated by both!

Each student will have the use of high powered microscopes to study the anatomical beauty of these delicate creatures, and will use specimens and macro photographic material to produce a detailed and unique painting. We will discuss how butterflies taste their food, how they eat their food, how they create those beautiful patterns on their wings and how they protect themselves against predators.

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 class.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£100

Website

http://www.drawingschool.org.uk/workshops/HowtoPaintaButterflySPR15

Introduction to Drawing, 1-day workshop

  • 27 March 2015 10:30am-4:30pm

A workshop for complete beginners to come along and have a go at drawing in a relaxed and supportive environment. To begin we will look at ways of ‘seeing’, using line and tone to make a convincing drawing. The tutor will be on hand to give individual guidance and advice. Don’t be put off by your lack of experience, everyone else will be in the same boat! Tutor Ruth Wallace has a great deal of experience with beginners and gives students confidence and encouragement all the way.

Suitable for

Admission

£50

Website

http://www.drawingschool.org.uk/workshops/IntroductiontoDrawing1dayworkshopSPR15

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