RWA Open Exhibition

Annual Open Exhibition Submissions

Final Selection results for the 165 Annual Open Exhibition are now live. You can check your Final Selection results by logging into your account at rwa.oess.uk and clicking on the green 'What Next?' button. 

 

What happens now?

  • If one or more of your works has been Selected, or Selected not Hung, you will be able to download and print an invitation for you and a guest to our Private View when you login to your OESS account. This will take place next Saturday 30 September, between 3pm - 6pm. As an exhibiting artist, you are also invited to the Varnishing Day Lunch, also on Saturday 30 September, between 11am - 1pm. Lunch is charged at £7.50 and you will need to call our Welcome Desk to book on 0117 973 5129 before Wednesday 27 September. Unfortunately, due to the high number of exhibiting artists, we cannot allow guests at the Varnishing Day Lunch. We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there.
     
  • If one or more of your works has been Not Selected, you may collect them on the following dates:

Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 September, 10am - 5pm (collection of Not Selected works)

Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October, 10am - 5pm (collection of Not Selected works)

Friday 8 December, 10am - 5pm (collection of all works)

Sunday 17, 11.30am - 4pm, and Monday 18 December, 10am - 5pm (collection of all works)

Friday 5 and Saturday 6 January 2018, 10am - 5pm (collection of all works)

We urge artists to collect their Not Selected works on the earlier dates if at all possible.

 

What is the Annual Open?

The Royal West of England Academy holds an Annual Open Exhibition, now in its 165th 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 575 works by 382 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.

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 panel of selectors will include Marie-Anne McQuay, Head of Programme at Bluecoat, Liverpool, writer, curator and lecturer James Russell and Joseph Clarke, Director of Anima-Mundi, alongside RWA President Stewart Geddes and Academicians Stephen Jacobson, Rachel Ara, John Maine and Sara Dudman

Prizes include;

  • A solo show at David Simon Contemporary,
  • Two memberships of arTag, a new electronic tagging portfolio management platform for artists, collectors and archivists
  • £500 worth of framing or printing, and a £250 cash prize from Niche Frames
  • Your work on the front cover of Evolver magazine
  • A full feature on you and your work in Evolver magazine

Key dates:

Pre-selection results available - Friday 1 September, 1pm

Regional transport opens for booking - Friday 1 September, 1pm 

Regional transport closes for booking - Thursday 7 September, 5pm 

Academician hand-in day - Thursday 14 September, 10am - 5pm 

General Public hand-in day - Friday 15 and Saturday 16 September, 10am - 5pm

Final selection results available - Friday 22 September, 12pm 

Collection dates (1) - Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 September, 10am - 5pm

Varnishing Day Lunch and Private View - Saturday 30 September 

Collection dates (2) - Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October, 10am - 5pm

Collection dates (3) - Friday 8 December, 10am - 5pm

Collections dates (4) - Sunday 17 December, 11.30 - 4pm, and Monday 18 December, 10am - 5pm

Collection dates (5) - Friday 5 and Saturday 6 January 2018, 10am - 5pm

 

The 165 Annual Open exhibition runs between 1 October and 3 December 2017.

 

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