Hamilton House

80 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY

The RWA Drawing School at Hamilton House 

We will be hosting our Drawing School classes at Hamilton House, while the RWA undergoes the transformational Light and Inspiration project before reopening in early 2022. Hamilton House is a monolithic 1970’s building in Stokes Croft at the heart of Bristol's independent cultural quarter. It is home to a community of designer-makers, creatives and entrepreneurs with a mixture of workspaces include coworking, artists’ studios and offices. In the photos below you will see the spaces that our classes will be based in. 

RWA Drawing School Team Contact number – 07745694563 (9am – 5pm, Monday-Friday) 

Materials and Equipment 

All basic materials and equipment are provided, except where otherwise stated. 

There are no facilities to store your work between sessions (where a class occurs over various sessions) so please give consideration to how you will transport your work home, such as bringing plastic bags, particularly for taking work made in wet media home. 

Please bring an apron, overall, or wear clothes and footwear suitable for a studio environment. 

Covid-19 Safety Measures  

We are keeping our Covid-19 safety policy updated here, so please check to see what the latest actions and requirements are. In the event of government restrictions preventing classes to take place in person, we will continue them on Zoom and will update you by email.  


The toilets are located on the same floor as where your classes will be taking place, but you will require a door code for access which your tutor will provide for you at the start of the class. Please note, although there is a larger, designated disabled cubicle, it does not allow for wheelchair access. There is one available in the Canteen on the lower ground floor but this will only be accessible from midday on Thursday and Friday. 

Disabled facilities 

The studio spaces have full disabled access and can be accessed by a lift, either from the welcome desk on the ground floor, or – if using the Hamilton House car park – immediately upon entering the building from the car park entrance. However please note, although there is a larger, designated disabled cubicle, it does not allow for wheelchair access. There is one available in the Canteen on the lower ground floor but this will only be accessible from midday on Thursday and Friday. 

Please notify us at sophie.bristol@rwa.org.uk if you have a visible or non-visible disability or a mental health issue that you feel may affect your participation in our class and we will be happy to accommodate you to the very best of our ability. 


Getting Here 


There are a limited number of parking permits available for RWA Drawing School participants driving to our classes. They are available on a first come first served basis, for the cost of £3 for a morning/afternoon slot, or £5 for a full day. For the cheaper full day booking, please use the discount code HaHoParking These permits are for the private carpark underneath Hamilton House, accessible from City Rd. Please do not book a full day’s parking if your class is only taking place in the morning/afternoon. 

Buy a Parking Pass here. Please note, you will need to make a booking for every individual session for which you wish to have a parking space. 

If you are parking in the Hamilton House carpark, the entrance is at 16 City Road (the second left on City Road from the A38). Pull into the drive that goes inside the building immediately on the left. Once parked, there will be a member of staff in the carpark who will greet you, arrange your parking permit and give access to the building. If the member of staff is not present, please call us on 07745694563. This telephone number will also be on a poster on one of the doors into the building which can be accessed from the carpark. You must remember to return the parking permit at the end of the session.  

The next closest carparks are NCP St James Barton Bond Street, Bristol, BS1 3LJ which is a 7-minute walk. and YourParkingSpace Cannon Street Car Park The Haymarket, Avon, Bristol BS1 3LP just a 10-minute walk.  

Public Transport  

The Bristol Bus and Coach Station is a 10-minute walk away, and closer to the venue, there are bus stops along Stokes Croft (numbers 70, 73 Citylines, 75 and 76) 

Montpelier Train Station is a 10-minute walk away. Bristol Temple Meads Train Station is a 25-minute walk or 20-minute journey by the 73 Citylines bus. 


There are plenty of bike stands in front of the Hamilton House building at the front (Stokes Croft) entrance and there are also more private bike stands on the City Road entrance.  


Break and Lunch times 

For half day sessions, your tutor will schedule a short comfort break approximately half way through the session.  

For full day sessions, your tutors will schedule a lunchbreak and at least one short comfort break in either the morning/ afternoon or both. 

There is a shared kitchen onsite which you are welcome to use during break and lunch times. 


Emmeline is an independent café in the entrance to Hamilton House. It is open Mon – Fri 9am-5pm. It serves coffee, juice, cake and salads.  

There are many other cafes in the vicinity of Stokes Croft 

There is a shared kitchen where you are welcome to eat a packed lunch.  


Emergency Contact 

In case of an emergency please follow these guidelines   

If there are any other issues or anything you need help with, please call or message the RWA team on 07745694563 9am – 5pm Monday-Friday 



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