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Press releases

Download our latest press releases:

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

161st Annual Open Exhibition
18 Oct 2013

Sophie Ryder: Monumental
9 May 2013

Drawn exhibition opens

21 March 2013

Spring 2013 listings release
11 March 2013

DJ Derek to HRH The Prince of Wales - the eclecticism of the 160th Autumn Exhibition

30 October 2012

Obama - Africa's Icon
18 October 2012

Listings release - October, November, December exhibitions and events

18 September 2012

Listings release

26 June 2012

Mary Fedden OBE RA PPRWA
25 June 2012

Unnatural-Natural History
25 May 2012

Earliest known Warhol to go on show at the RWA

8 May 2012

Professor Kevin Thompson OBE appointed as Chair of RWA

15 March 2012

Spring exhibitions: Listings release
6 March 2012

Penguin Parade: Celebrating the Penguin Books Archive

11 February 2012

Janette Kerr: Extremes and Instabilities
7 February 2012

Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography

2 February 2012

Eric Ravilious: Going Modern / Being British
31 January 2012

Valentine's Night at the Museum
15 January 2012

New president: Janette Kerr RWA

7 November 2011

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.