The south west's original open exhibition will return this year from Saturday 14 November 2020 - Sunday 7 March 2021. Now is your chance to be a part of it!
The RWA's Annual Open Exhibition is now in its 168th year. Anyone can enter their work for this mixed discipline show - previous years have included painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, film, sculpture and illustration, and attracted entries from artists across the UK and beyond.
A selection panel assesses every entry and last year 657 works by 451 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. Submissions are welcome from unknown, emerging and established artists, including RWA Academicians.
5 Reasons to Apply
Submitting your artwork couldn't be easier via our online submission system. Submissions close at 5pm on Tuesday 22 September. Please note that this year, due to coronavirus restrictions, our selection process will take place entirely online.
Our invited artist is RA President Rebecca Salter.
The Academy Prizes
Prize for Artwork by Black, Indigenous and People of Colour
The Work on Paper Prize, sponsored by Yvonne Crossley RWA (and The Drawing Gallery)
People's Choice Prize
The Painting Prize, sponsored by Derek Balmer PPRWA
Evolver Magazine Prizes
The Student Prize, sponsored by The Friends of the RWA
Submissions open: Friday 31 July - Tuesday 22 September
Final Selection results out to artists: Thursday 8 October
Hand in dates for selected works: Thursday 22, Friday 23, Saturday 24, Sunday 25 October
Exhibition opens to public: Saturday 14 November 2020 - Sunday 7 March 2021
Please see below for full Terms and Conditions.
The 168 Annual Open Exhibition is sponsored by Smith & Williamson.
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Photo credit: Alice Hendy Photography