Light and Inspiration Capital Project

Light and Inspiration Appeal

World-class art in exceptional spaces, for everyone

On the eve of its 175th anniversary, the RWA is launching an urgent appeal to secure its future and save the galleries from major structural failure.

This £3.5 million project will restore the beautiful galleries and welcome spaces and enrich our learning programmes. To read more about the project please click here

With £2.8 million in gifts and pledges made to date including a Round 1 pass from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, an Arts Council England Small Capital Grant and funding from the John James Bristol Foundation, the Linbury Trust, Foyle Foundation, Nisbet Trust, Wolfson Foundation and others, we are well on the way to achieving our goal.

We are asking everyone who shares our passion for art, creativity and the RWA to please help us secure the remaining £1 million in gifts and pledges by June 2020 to help secure a successful Round 2 National Lottery Heritage Fund submission.

Did you know?

The RWA has been financially self-supporting since it was founded in 1844. Today, just 1.5% of running costs come from public subsidy. The investments we make through this project will allow the RWA to generate more regular income that will be re-invested into community programmes and exhibitions.

Supporting the Light and Inspiration Appeal

How you can help

The RWA is at a pivotal moment. In order to release the funds from National Heritage Lottery Fund we must raise the £1 million shortfall in gifts and pledges by June 2020 while maintaining our regular income alongside.

Please consider whether you, your family, your company or charitable trust can support with an exceptional gift.

Join the Circle of Light and Inspiration

We invite you to join the Circle of Light and Inspiration by making an extraordinary pledge of between £5,000 and £15,000.  Payment against pledges can be made over 2-3 tax years, with all monies received by June 2021 please.  Giving to the RWA is something you can truly enjoy – as a unique, artist-led organisation we offer you unrivalled opportunities to engage with art and artists through regular updates, invitations to Private Views and special events.  We have a very special event planned for Spring 2020 and while we cannot say more just yet, be assured that all Light and Inspiration Circle members will receive priority booking for what is sure to be a sell-out public event! 

All funds raised and pledged by June 2020 will act as crucial partnership funding when the National Heritage Lottery Fund considers our Round 2 application. Locally-raised funds also give us greater leverage when approaching major national funders.

Become an RWA Benefactor

We are pleased to offer bespoke opportunities to support discrete elements of the new development from £20,000.  As an individual or corporate Benefactor of the RWA, you will be able to reach the RWA's audiences and enjoy opportunities to entertain clients, friends and colleagues in the impressive surroundings of our opulent, Grade II* Listed building. 

We are delighted to be able to offer naming opportunities from £50,000 to £300,000. To associate your name with a discrete gallery or space within the RWA, please contact Alison Bevan or Kate Foster to start a conversation.

We welcome gifts of all sizes and will be pleased to publicly acknowledge all gifts of £1,000 and above. As well as financial contributions, we welcome enquiries from people willing to support the appeal by running your own fundraising events e.g. supper parties, team challenge events or auctions of promises. Please get in touch to discuss.

Donations and tax efficient giving

As a registered charity all donations to the RWA can be tax efficient, significantly increasing the value of your gift at no extra cost to you. You can make a one-off donation below or to spread your payments over 3 tax years by annual direct debit, please contact Kate Foster, Head of Development (

Please, please, please include your contact details when asked, so we can send you a Gift Aid form which increases the value of your gift by 25% at no extra cost to you! We are very happy to respect your privacy but would really like to claim as much Gift Aid as possible.

If you pay tax at the higher or additional rate, you can reclaim tax on your donation through the self-assessment tax form. Please ask Kate for more information ( and consult a specialist for advice.  The table below gives examples.

You can make a donation here:-



Sir Nicolas Serota, Chair Arts Council England on the importance of the RWA

Nicholas Serota on Bristol's RWA (Royal West of England Academy)