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. 

This year’s Academician candidates have been selected, with the results to be announced in the New Year. The deadline for 2016 applications is Tuesday 1 March. If you would like to apply to become an RWA Academician, please get in touch with Jess Kirkby, at