RWA reopening - what to expect from your visit
We are thrilled to announce that we are now OPEN!
Come down and see the RWA's biggest transformation in over a century! We want everyone to feel welcome and enjoy their visit. We have new and free spaces to come and explore for all ages, plus a programme of brilliant events. Whether you are visiting for the first time, or we are welcoming you back, here is some information about what to expect from our new space when you visit...
- A huge new lift that can carry four wheelchair users and their companions – and which also now boasts one of the biggest outdoor artworks in Bristol, with a specially designed piece on the façade by artist and Royal Academician Peter Randall-Page (pictured)
- A new wheelchair-accessible toilet and Changing Places facility, so that wheelchair users and their companions can visit the galleries and enjoy art on equal terms
Free to access
Free entry days for Me, Myself, I.
We are planning two special discounted days for the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday in June (2 & 3 June 2022). You can subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear more about these plans.
The other free to access exhibition is on our Lower Ground Floor (LGF) - We, Ourselves, Us. Whilst our doors have been closed, we have been working with our local community. 'We Ourselves, Us' is a free exhibition created by a group of individuals, who are supported by weekly sessions of Art on Referral, developed in partnership with creativeShift / Art Ease. This exhibition looks at self-portraiture, exploring how our worlds portray us through the things we like.
Free Family Activity Space
- Gallery Tours: Every Tuesday at 12pm. Included with your admission ticket, led by a member of the RWA team or a volunteer.
- Curator Tour - Me, Myself, I: Artists' Self-Portraits, Saturday 14 May 12pm - 1pm
- Who We Are: Celebrating QTIBPOC, Friday 6 May 6.30 - 9.30pm
- Art History Day School - To be or seem to be: self portrait strategies and techniques, Saturday 14 May
- After Hours, Thursday 9 June 6-9pm
- I See Myself? A Panel Discussion - Friday 10 June 6-8pm
Portrait Drawing - Saturday 11 June
Family events - various times & dates
- Familiarisation Tour for Visually Impaired Adults
- British Sign Language Tours
- Tuesday Teatime Tours those living with dementia and their companions
- Happy Mondays - a sensory, explorative workshop for families with children who have special educational needs and disabilities and more!
“We want to bring fun and the joy of making and creating to our family audiences; and for adults with learning or physical disabilities and sensory impairments, it’s about recognising their abilities rather than their disabilities and ensuring they feel appreciated and supported.” Helen Jacobs - Head of Learning and Engagement
We are delighted to say that the RWA Drawing School now has a brand new Studio (previously the Methuen Gallery) and hosts a wide variety of art workshops and courses for all creative abilities (we still have some on Zoom too). Subscribe to the Drawing School newsletter to be first to know about our latest classes or explore the summer term here.