About

Art gallery in Bristol

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

RWA – Bristol's first art gallery – is proud to bring world-class visual art from around the world to the South West.  

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 regional Royal Academy of Art - one of five in total, alongside those in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and London - and is the only one housed in its own, original, purpose-built gallery.

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.

Uniquely to Bristol, exhibitions at the RWA always feature work by leading contemporary artists (including the RWA’s own Academicians) alongside great works from the past, 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 would like to thank Bristol City Council for their support, providing 1.5% of our core budgets (our sole form of public subsidy).

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

Gallery

RWA side galleries
Art exhibition 'Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and the Artits of St Ives' at the RWA
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Art gallery main hallway
Art gallery landing

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Experience art exhibitions, events and Drawing School classes at Bristol's oldest art gallery