Art gallery in Bristol

"One of the most beautiful places in which to look at art in this country" - Sir Nicolas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England

Welcome to the RWA – Bristol's first art gallery. We are proud to bring world-class visual art from around the world to the South West and we have done so since 1844. 

Our vision is to be the South West’s leading centre for the exhibition, exploration and practice of the visual arts, recognised as a place that enriches and nourishes the lives of people from all communities and backgrounds.

Located in a spectacular Grade II* listed building in the heart of the city, the RWA is the UK's only Royal Academy of Art housed in its own, original, purpose-built gallery. The building is currently undergoing a £4.1m transformation - opening up access for all. We provide opportunities for everybody to get creative and feel inspired.

Through its extensive programme of exhibitions, events, workshops, talks and lectures, the RWA is committed to providing great art for everybody, and to promoting the understanding and enjoyment of art for the widest possible audience.

Exhibitions at the RWA always feature work by leading contemporary artists (including the RWA’s own Academicians) alongside great works from the past, often brought to the city and region for the first time, opening up new and surprising contexts and discussions.

Engagement and learning are vital to the work and future of the RWA. Through the activities of the Learning and Participation team, and the outstanding workshops and courses offered by the RWA Drawing School, the RWA aims to nurture artistic talent and champion creative endeavour.

The RWA is an entirely independent charity (1070163), and is grateful to Bristol City Council for their Openness grant, which covers 1.5% of our core budgets (our sole form of public subsidy), as well as to our Patrons, Friends, Sponsors and all those who provide invaluable support.

You can explore the archive of some of the wonderful exhibitions that have been held at the RWA here

Bristol Equality Charter

We are proud to be signed up to the Bristol Equality Charter. As a partner, we share an ambition to create a fairer, safer, accessible and inclusive city where everyone feels they belong, has a voice and an equal opportunity to succeed and thrive.


Bristol Equality Charter
 Bristol City Council


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The Light and Inspiration Capital Project

["The Light and Inspiration project will transform our beautiful building, attracting new audiences, including those from some of Bristol's most underrepresented communities"]

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