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Press releases

Download our latest press releases:

Jamaican Pulse - Arts Council announcement

20 January 2016


Spring Exhibitions at the RWA

20 January 2016

Centre Stage: Celebrating Theatre in Bristol (refreshed)

14 December 2015

Centre Stage: Celebrating Theatre in Bristol

6 November 2015

Listings Release September/October

20 August 2015

Peter Randall Page RWA and Kate MccGwire

29 April 2015

Into the Fields - Work by the Newlyn School and Other Artists

29 April 2015

Secret Postcard Auction 

20 April 2015

Press Call - Drawn and Drawing on... 20.3.2015

6 March 2015

The RWA (Royal West of England Academy) awarded Arts Council England Funding


Drawn and Drawing On...The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art

10 Feburary 2015

Call for Entries Drawn 2015

7 January 2015

The Green Programme: Arboretum - The Art of Trees; the Arborealists and other Artists and The British Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition

12 November 2014

Press Call 162 Annual Open Exhibition

2 October 2014

162 Annual Open Exhibition

19 September 2014

RWA Abseil for Art

19 July 2014

August Listings
22 July 2014

Call for entries: 162 Annual Open Exhibition
2 June 2014

Ports, Piers and Promenades
20 May 2014

Back From the Front; Art, Memory and the Aftermath of War
1 April 2014

What's on at the RWA
10 March 2014

Arts Council England Funding Success
10 March 2014

The Power of the Sea
19 February 2014

Identity Season
4 December 2014

Editor's notes

The RWA has six galleries within the 19th century building. The five upstairs galleries – Sharples, Winterstoke, Stancomb-Wills, Methuen, and Milner - host the main exhibition/s. All gallery spaces are available for private hire for special events, such as conferences and meetings, evening wedding receptions and parties. Press Association members are welcome to view the galleries free and we would be delighted to provide pre-booked media visitors with a personal tour and a cup of coffee: please contact our Marketing Manager, Rebecca Clay, to arrange this.

The downstairs area has a shop and a cafe by Papadeli.

The Royal West of England Academy (RWA) is England's only regional Royal Academy of Art (the four others being those in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and London). It is a registered charity which has been self-supporting for over 150 years and possesses an outstanding Grade II* listed building, galleries and permanent fine art collection. The RWA has HM Queen Elizabeth II as its patron and HRH The Prince of Wales is an honorary academician.

The RWA is an established venue for the fine arts and embraces an artistic awareness of the widest nature. The exhibition programme provides a showcase for one-person and mixed exhibitions in a variety of media, which attract large numbers of visitors nationwide.

The Academy is situated in the academic heart of Bristol at the Clifton Triangle, where Queens Road meets Whiteladies Road, next to the former Habitat building and opposite the Victoria Rooms.