In 2014, eleven artists made it through to the final round of selection to become Royal West of England Academicians (RWAs), and there were 3 places available.

Academicians are elected on the basis that they are practising artists or architects of ability and experience, and are professionally active in the UK. Those who put themselves forward to be considered for Academician membership must be high-calibre artists making challenging work with a strong level of commitment to developing their practice. They should be represented by galleries with strong national and international reputations, or work with contemporary art organisations and engage in publicly-funded art projects. They must have graduated at least three years prior to applying and have connections with the region. 

The 2015 candidates have now been shortlisted to go through to the Candidates' Exhibition later in the year. If you would like to apply to become an RWA Academician for 2016, please get in touch with Jess Kirkby in the Autumn, at