166 Annual Open Exhibition Awards and Prizes

166 Annual Open Exhibition Awards and Prizes

The Royal West of England Academy holds an Annual Open Exhibition, now in its 166th year. Every year the RWA offers great prizes to contributing artists. Find out more about this year's prizes below.

We are now open for submissions to the 166 Annual Open Exhibition - click here to submit. Submissions will close at 5pm on Tuesday 21 August. More information about submitting your work can be found here.


The Academy Award

Sponsored by: Past-Presidents and Academicians of the RWA

Awarded to: Any work by a non-RWA Academician

Prize: £1000


The Creativity Award

Sponsored by: Niche

Awarded to: Any work showing an innovative use of medium, subject matter or composition

Prize: £500 worth of printing and framing and £250 cash

The Sculpture Award

Sponsored by: Pangolin Editions

Awarded to: Any sculptural work

Prize: Winning sculpture cast in bronze by Pangolin Editions (30 x 30 x 30cm)

The Painting Prize

Sponsored by: Derek Balmer PPRWA

Awarded to: Any painting

Prize: £250


The Watercolour Award

Sponsored by: Consumer Intelligence

Awarded to: Any work in watercolour

First Prize: £250
Second Prize: £150


Evolver Cover Artist Award

Awarded to: Any work

Sponsor: Evolver magazine

Prize: Cover image on issue of Evolver magazine


Evolver Wessex Artist Award

Awarded to: Any artist

Sponsor: Evolver magazine

Prize: Feature article in issue of Evolver magazine


Work on Paper Award

Awarded to: Any artwork on paper

Sponsor: St Cuthberts Mill

Prize: 20 sheets of Saunders Waterford 300gsm CP paper worth over £90


The arTag Award

Awarded to: Any artwork

Sponsor: arTag

Prize: A Blue arTag Membership (worth £780 per year) and an Orange arTag Membership (worth £240 per year)