Once again, the Annual Open Exhibition at the RWA showcases the cream of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and architecture selected and curated by an expert panel from thousands of submitted works. Last year’s show featured 541 works by 351 artists, with every piece for sale. Prices starting from just £25 make this annual show an eclectic mix of work by unknown, emerging and established artists to suit all tastes and pockets.

This year, visitors to the exhibition will be asked to vote for their favourite artwork. The You Choose Award will go to the most popular work in the show voted for by the public, with the artist receiving an £800 prize sponsored by The Affordable Art Fair. Buying a piece of art can be a daunting task when there is so much to choose from but the RWA aims to make this process easy and enjoyable, and our team are on hand to help and advise, ensuring you find the perfect artwork to suit your taste, home and budget. Contact us for more information – www.rwa.org.uk or 0117 973 5129.

Promising to be bigger and better than ever before this mixed discipline show attracts art-lovers and art-buyers from far and wide – don’t miss it!

Invited Artist

This year our invited artist is Aisling Hedgecock, named The Independent newspaper’s Outstanding Young Artist of the Year, ‘Talent 2007’. Hedgecock was born in Donegal, Republic of Ireland, 1979, and moved to Dorset, United Kingdom, in 1986. After completing an honours degree in Fine Art, Sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art, London, in 2001, she gained a place on the Fine Art, Sculpture MA at the Royal College of Art, London, 2004.

Hedgecock was awarded the Sainsbury Scholarship in Drawing and Sculpture at The British School at Rome, and worked in Italy until 2008. Her most recent solo exhibitions include We Are Stardust at Akershus Kunstsenter, Olso, 2013, and The Third Stellation, at Galerie Gabriel Rolt, in Amsterdam, 2011. Group shows include On Becoming a Gallery Part 3 at Angus-Hughes, London, New London School, Galerie Schuster, Berlin, and On Time, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Hedgecock is currently based in Dorset and Spain. Hedgecock also joins us on this year’s selection panel. www.aislinghedgecock.info

To find out more about Aisling's work please see an interview from Evolver magazine here.

The Selection Panel

The selection panel has traditionally included artists, art dealers, curators and critics. This year the panel includes: Dr Janette Kerr PRWA, David Inshaw RWA, Stephen Jacobson RWA, Rachael Nee RWA, Chris Dunseath RWA, Invited Artist Aisling Hedgecock, Karen MacKinnon and Jonathan Messum.


The Annual Open Exhibition provides an excellent opportunity for artists to sell their work and for it to be seen by thousands of visitors. A number of exciting prizes are awarded to selected works, as well.

The Affordable Art Fair You Choose Award £800 awarded to the public’s choice – vote for your favourite artwork.

Evolver Wessex Artist Award Feature article in Evolver magazine’s March - April 2014 issue.

Evolver Cover Award Front cover of Evolver's January - February 2014 issue.

The Bristol First Collective Award Collective will purchase a piece of work/s from the exhibition up to the value of £1000

The UWE Bristol Drawing Prize £300 pounds given by the University of the West of England for distinctive practice in drawing

Consumer Intelligence Watercolour Prize First Prize: £250 cash and Second Prize: £150 cash

Redcliffe Press Photography Award Art books published by Redcliffe Press to the value of £100

St Cuthberts Mill Work on Paper Award 20 sheets of Saunders Waterford 300gsm worth £75

Pangolin Editions Sculpture Award 50cm2 Bronze casting by Pangolin Editions

New Creations Coaching Emerging Artist Award £240 worth of creative consulting with New Creations Coaching

Academician Candidates

Every year the Annual Open Exhibition also features work from artists who are applying to become RWA Academicians. This year we have ten candidates:

Celia Cook, Yvonne Crossley, Terry Flaxton, Debbie Locke, Roger Luxton, Carl Melegari, Alice Mumford, Andrew Munoz, Ken Smith and Amanda Wallwark.

If you are an Academician and would like to view a candidate's submission, CV and artist statement then please visit the Academician Candidates Page here.

24 November 2013 - 26 January 2014

Admission prices

Gift Aid admission:

Adults: £5.00 Concessions: £3.50

Standard admission:

Adults: £4.50 Concessions: £3.10

Under 16s/SGS students: FREE

Return ticket: £8 (unlimited repeat visits for exhibition duration)

Become a Friend: from £15, enjoy unlimited repeat visits, private view invitations, and other benefits.

Opening times

NEW OPENING HOURS FROM THURSDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2013 Galleries and cafe Closed Mondays Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm Sunday: 11am – 5pm Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Before travelling, please call ahead to check opening hours as we occasionally close for special events.