The renowned RWA Annual Open Exhibition returns for its 165th year with a stunning variety of work from emerging and established artists.

This dynamic and varied exhibition invites painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, illustration and mixed media submissions and is a showcase of some of the most exciting artists from across the country and beyond. All work is for sale, making the Annual Open a perfect opportunity to discover new artists or invest in well-known names.

We are very pleased to announce that 2017's Invited Artists will be Royal Academy President and prolific painter, printmaker and sculptor Christopher Le Brun, and photographic artist Tom Hunter, primarily known for his work documenting everyday life in Hackney, London.

This year's of panel of selectors will include Marie-Anne McQuay, Head of Programme at Bluecoat, Liverpool and writer, curator and lecturer James Russell, alongside RWA President Stewart Geddes and Academicians Stephen Jacobson, John MaineRachel Ara and Sara Dudman

Prizes include a solo show at David Simon Contemporary. More to be confirmed shortly.

Please click on the link below for more information on how to submit work to the Annual Open Exhibition.

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Times & Prices

​Adults: £6.95 (includes a 70p donation)
Concessions: £4.95 (includes a 50p donation) 
Under 16s/SGS, UoB & UWE students: FREE
National Art Pass holders: 50% discount on ticket price

Tuesday to Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm and bank holiday Mondays.




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