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Join the Friends!

The Friends of the RWA (FRWA) are an independent charity set up to support the Royal West of England Academy. Since 2013, the FRWA have been working in partnership with the RWA to offer a unified annual membership scheme for supporters. To apply for membership, please download a form here or go to for more details.

The objectives of the FRWA charity are "To educate the public by the promotion, support, assistance, and improvement of the Royal West of England Academy through the activities of a group of Friends."

Memberships are a vital source of annual income and all membership fees paid go directly to supporting the RWA’s exhibitions, educational activities and events.

Becoming a Friend of the RWA is a great way to enjoy the RWA and what it has to offer - an opportunity to meet people with a shared love of the visual arts, and to enjoy all the benefits listed below.


Free, unlimited entry to all RWA exhibitions

Invitation to all exhibition previews

Invitations to Friends events

Stay in touch

Regular mailings of our exhibition guide

Mailings of news, events and offers

Friends only information about lectures and outings

Save money

5% discount in Papadeli Cafe (at the RWA)

Discount at Bristol Fine Art

Be a Friend and learn about our voucher scheme for Bristol Drawing School

Join today

Single - £35

Joint - £50

Student * - £15

*Student membership requires ID, available for a maximum of 3 years

Friends of the RWA Charity number: 1107149

Photograph: Max McClure