Royal West of England Academy

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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:


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

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Main gallery at 164 Annual Open Exhibition

165th Annual Open Exhibition

  • 1 October — 3 December 2017

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


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


Royal West of England Academy
Queens Road
City of Bristol




0117 9735129


0117 9237874

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