RWA Annual Open Exhibitions

About the RWA and the Annual Open Exhibition

2024 sees the RWA celebrating 171 years of Annual Open Exhibitions, which are a firmly established fixture in the UK’s art calendar, attracting thousands of entrants, visitors and buyers every year. 

Our Open Exhibitions - which are open to anyone to submit work - form part of our commitment to champion and showcase world-class art in the region and create opportunities for new and emerging talent.

Key dates for RWA Annual Open 171

  • Submission open: Friday 26 April 2024, midday
  • Entry Deadline: Sunday 7 July 2024, 23:59
  • Results Live: Monday 22 July 2024
  • Hand-In days: Saturday 24, Sunday 25, Monday 26 August 2024, 10am - 4pm
  • Varnishing Day event: Friday 13 September, daytime
  • Private View: Friday 13 September, evening
  • Exhibition Open to Public: 14 September 2024 – 5 January 2025

For reminders about when submissions open, please sign up for our mailing list.

Image top: 170 Annual Open Exhibition, installation view, RWA, 2023. Photo: Alice Hendy.



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