RWA artists talk in gallery
The RWA is one of five Royal Academies of Great Britain and Ireland and has a membership of 150 Academicians elected by their peers.The Academy supports a community of artists at every stage of their careers and has recently launched a new Artist Members Scheme. View profiles of our existing Academicians and RWA Artist Network - please note that this area of our website is under construction, and not all artist profiles are available to view.

Becoming an Academician

Academicians are artists at the forefront of their profession who have achieved excellence in their field. Membership is by application and selection.

Academicians are elected on the basis that they are:

• Practising artists or architects of ability and experience
• Creators of art works judged to be of a consistently high standard
• Willing to undertake the commitments and responsibilities of elected membership of the Academy

Elected members are expected to contribute to the activities of the Academy. This includes exhibiting in the annual Autumn Exhibition and assisting in the work of the Academy with exhibitions, events and educational activities.

To find out more about Becoming an Academician and Academician Rights and Responsibilities and Academician Application Form please contact Sophie Bristol.

Becoming a member of the RWA Artist Network

The RWA Artist Network is open to practicing visual artists. It provides an opportunity for artists to engage with the RWA, providing access to a wider peer network and professional advice and support.

Members are encouraged to support and engage with our exhibitions and learning programme and will benefit from contact with our Academician body who play a vital role in the RWAs artistic community.

The scheme is open to:

RWA Artist Network entitlements:

Members are required to:

*This can be used as an opportunity to enhance your practice with opportunities available as part of the learning programme, technical team and professional support.

How to apply:

Applications can be made at any time and will take a maximum of 1 month to process. All applications must be made online using the application form provided. Your application must contain artist CV, artist statement (no more than 300 words) and between 5-10 images of your work, labelled with medium, size and date. Please email the application form to Sophie Bristol.

Your CV should include:

We will use the first 5 images supplied and your artist statement for your web profile. This may be amended at a later date.

Please note that some selection in relation to quality of artwork does apply. Due to resources the RWA are only able to provide limited feedback to unsuccessful applications.