RWA Open Exhibition

Annual Open Exhibition Artist Information

The 165 Annual Open Exhibition is open until Sunday 3 December.


Collection dates for any Not Selected works, as well as all Selected works are as follows:

  • Friday 8 December, 10am - 5pm (collection of all works)
  • Sunday 17, 11.30am - 4pm, and Monday 18 December, 10am - 5pm (collection of all works)
  • Friday 5 and Saturday 6 January 2018, 10am - 5pm (collection of all works)

If you would like to book return transport please call our Welcome Desk on 0117 973 5129. Please see the 'Transport Regulations' document below for details of collection dates and locations.

If you booked return transport to either Penzance, Exeter, London or Birmingham for your works before the exhibition opened, there is no need to do anything further. If you have booked return transport but your work has sold, please get in touch with us so that we can arrange a refund for you.

Please note that works not collected by 28 January 2018 will incur a storage charge of £15 per work per week.


What is the Annual Open?

The Royal West of England Academy holds an Annual Open Exhibition, now in its 165th year. Anyone can enter their work for this mixed discipline show - previous years have included painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, film, sculpture and illustration, and attracted entries from artists across the UK and beyond. All work is for sale and the exhibition attracts art-lovers and art-buyers from far and wide.

2017's Invited Artists are Royal Academy President and prolific painter, printmaker and sculptor Christopher Le Brun, and photographic artist Tom Hunter, primarily known for his work documenting everyday life in Hackney, London.

This year's panel of selectors included Marie-Anne McQuay, Head of Programme at Bluecoat, Liverpool, writer, curator and lecturer James Russell and Joseph Clarke, Director of Anima-Mundi, alongside RWA President Stewart Geddes and Academicians Stephen Jacobson, Rachel Ara, John Maine and Sara Dudman

Key dates:

Pre-selection results available - Friday 1 September, 1pm

Regional transport opens for booking - Friday 1 September, 1pm 

Regional transport closes for booking - Thursday 7 September, 5pm 

Academician hand-in day - Thursday 14 September, 10am - 5pm 

General Public hand-in day - Friday 15 and Saturday 16 September, 10am - 5pm

Final selection results available - Friday 22 September, 12pm 

Collection dates (1) - Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 September, 10am - 5pm

Varnishing Day Lunch and Private View - Saturday 30 September 

Collection dates (2) - Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October, 10am - 5pm

Collection dates (3) - Friday 8 December, 10am - 5pm

Collections dates (4) - Sunday 17 December, 11.30 - 4pm, and Monday 18 December, 10am - 5pm

Collection dates (5) - Friday 5 and Saturday 6 January 2018, 10am - 5pm


The 165 Annual Open exhibition runs between 1 October and 3 December 2017.


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