Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

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The magnificent Grade II* listed building of the Royal West of England Academy Art Gallery (RWA) is open all year round. Built in 1844, it was Bristol’s first art gallery and boasts stunning top-lit art galleries described as among the best exhibition spaces in the country.

The exhibition programme includes a variety of shows, which appeal to all tastes from historic paintings to digital and new media and including painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. The increasingly popular Autumn Exhibition is the largest open art show in the region. It includes all types of work, such as portraits, still life, abstracts, and landscapes most of which are for sale.

The RWA has its own collection of fine art, which it displays in exhibitions throughout the year. For an up-to-date preview of what’s on visit the RWA website.

You can also find us on twitter, instagram, flickr, and pinterest. Search for RWABristol.
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  • Had an enjoyable visit here seeing the 'fire' themed installations and paintings. The former included a huge figure in black charcoal, see my pics attached. Well worth a visit if in Bristol. Free to s...  more »
  • Really interesting range of work in a stunning building. Something for all tastes and in a very wide variety of media. Well worth a visit and on until June 2019  more »
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