The RWA, as one of five Royal Academies in Great Britain and Ireland, has a membership of 150 Academicians. Academicians are an independent body of artists at the forefront of their profession, who have achieved excellence in their field, and who are committed to contributing to the future of the RWA. Academicians are elected on the basis that they are practicing artists of ability and experience, creators of art works judged to be of a consistently high standard and willing to undertake the commitments and responsibilities of the elected membership.

Each year, we invite the shortlist of Academician Candidates to exhibit a selection of their recent works alongside the Annual Open Exhibition. During this time, the current Academician body will anonymously vote for the Candidates they would like to see become Academicians. The exhibition on our lower ground floor is also open to the public.

This year's Candidates are:

Barbara Ash

Holly Brodie

​Dallas Collins

Pennie Elfick

Leslie Glenn-Damhus

​Simon Hitchens

Nicky Knowles

Debbie Lee

Angela Lizon

Charlotte Price





Link Space and Fedden Room

Please note that the Fedden Room is sometimes booked for private hires and is not open to the public. Please call ahead to avoid disappointment.

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