162 Annual Open Exhibition 2014

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162 Annual Open Exhibition

The Royal West of England Academy holds an Annual Open Exhibition now in its 162nd year. As the name suggests anyone can enter their work for this mixed discipline show. A selection panel assesses every entry and last year 560 works by 348 artists made it into the final exhibition. All work is for sale and the exhibition attracts art-lovers and art-buyers from far and wide. The exhibition is open to the public from 12 October – 7 December 2014.

Entry to the 162 Annual Open Exhibition is now closed (as of 27 August 2014).

The final results for the 162 Annual Open Exhibition are now live and can be checked on the OSS system here www.oss-rwa.org.uk (OSS)

For a list of useful dates regarding submission, please refer to the Terms & Conditions. You can download a copy of these below, please note there are three versions therefore please ensure that you select the correct option:

When can I collect my work?

Work can be collected from the RWA or returned to a regional transport collection point. For dates please see the transport details below.

In order to collect your work please bring with you your results letter/email.

If a third party is collecting work on your behalf, they must bring this with them, or a letter saying they have permission to collect. Work will not be released without this authority.

All work will be returned unwrapped as per the Terms and Conditions. It is the responsibility of the artist to bring suitable packaging if this is required.

If your work was privately couriered to the RWA it is your responsibility to arrange collection and packing of the work.

Works that have not been collected by 9 February 2015 will incur a storage charge of £5 per work per week. If any work submitted has not been collected within 6 months after the closing date the RWA shall be entitled to, without prior notice to the artist, sell or otherwise dispose of such works and to devote the proceeds of such sale or other disposition as it may think fit in its absolute discretion.

All work (selected and not selected) can be collected on the following dates:

16 - 20 December 2014 between 10am-5pm and 9 and 10 January 2015 between 10am-5pm.

Please note that due to the high volume of artists collecting work over this period that there may be a short wait. We aim to make this process as smooth as possible, however, in order to ensure that work is handled with care and returned to the correct owner we ask for your patience during this process. If you are parking on the forecourt during these dates please park with consideration for fellow artists.

Booking Regional Transport

If you have booked regional transport your work will be available to collect from the following destinations:

You can book regional transport up until 4 December either online or by calling the RWA. If you have booked regional transport and your work has sold please contact the RWA who will arrange a refund for you (please note it is the responsibility of the artist to contact the RWA). 

I am having difficulty using my OSS Account?

All entries must be made online using our Online Submission System (OSS). You must read the Terms & Conditions before applying. For guidance on how to use OSS please read our OSS User Guide.

Who is on the Selection Panel?

This year our panel includes Janette Kerr PRWA, Stephen Jacobson RWA, Lisa Wright RWA, Will Maw RWA, Jason Lane RWA, David Alston, Arts Director, Arts Council of Wales, Lucy MacDonald, Associate Director of Hauser & Wirth, Somerset and Julia Carver, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. You can download information about our selectors here.

Moving Image works will be selected by Janette Kerr PRWA, Stephen Jacobson RWA, Terry Flaxton RWA and Chris Meigh Andrews.

Who is the Invited Artist?

This year we are honored to have Sir Peter Blake CBE as our invited artist.

Are there Prizes?

We are pleased to announce that this year’s prizes include:

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The Affordable Art Fair You Choose Award

£800 awarded to the public’s choice – vote for your favourite artwork

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UWE The Centre for Moving Image Research and RWA Bursary

£1000 bursary - All moving image submissions to the 162 Annual Open Exhibition will be eligible for this prize. The Bursary will allow the artist to produce a piece /and or series of works that will be shown at the RWA in 2015. The recipient will be asked to produce a detailed project plan including expenditure and a project report upon completion of work. The recipient will be selected by the moving image selection panel (see above).

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Evolver Wessex Cover Artist Award

Front cover of Evolver magazine’s Jan-Feb 2015 issue

Evolver Wessex Artist Award

Feature article in Evolver magazine’s Jan-Feb 2015 issue

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Consumer Intelligence Watercolour First Prize £250 cash

Consumer Intelligence Watercolour Second Prize £150 cash

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Redcliffe Press Photography Award

Selection of six art books published by Sansom & Co / Redcliffe Press from their recent catalogue.

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St Cuthberts Mill Work on Paper Award

20 sheets of Saunders Waterford 300gsm worth £75

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New Creations Coaching Emerging Artist Award

£240 worth of creative consulting with New Creations Coaching

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all our supporters including our prize givers.

The Derek Balmer PPRWA Painting Prize

£250 cash prize awarded to excellence in painting

The Clifton Arts Club Prize

£500 cash prize awarded for Best Work in Mixed Media

For images of last year's exhibition please visit our Flickr site here.