Catch up at the Royal West of England Academy


The only Royal Academy outside of London, the RWA hosts a varied exhibition programme celebrating outstanding artists.

The Royal West of England Academy (RWA), England’s only regional Royal Academy of Art, is Bristol's finest art gallery with Queen Elizabeth II as its lead patron.  

The impressive Grade 2* listed building houses five galleries and is acclaimed as one of the best exhibition spaces in the country. 

Its dynamic programme of exhibitions showcases the best of historic and contemporary national and international art, including artists from Turner and Constable to Fedden and Nash, as well as work by its own Academicians, who include some of the country’s leading artists. 

The RWA also stages an annual Open exhibition, which is one of the largest Open Submission exhibitions in the UK and has been a major date in the artistic calendar of the region for over 160 years. Top your visit off with a visit to the delicious onsite Papadeli café.

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