Light and Inspiration Capital Project

RWA building

World-class art in exceptional spaces, for everyone...

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We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our Round Two application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a grant of £1.37m towards our exciting £3.8m Light & Inspiration project.

Listed Building Consents for the work on our Grade II* listed building are already in place having been received in August and work on the project will start this side of Christmas. The building will close to the public from June 2021 and re-open in Jan 2022.  During this time, a programme of exhibitions and events by working with partners across Bristol will take place offsite and details of these will be released at the beginning of 2021

There is still a further £385,000 to raise before the project can start. Please consider making a gift of any size.

This £3.8 million project will restore the beautiful galleries and welcome spaces and enrich our learning programmes. 

With gifts and pledges made to date, including a Round 1 pass from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, an Arts Council England Small Capital Grant and funding from the John James Bristol Foundation, the Linbury Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Nisbet Trust, Wolfson Foundation and others, we are well on the way to achieving our goal.

Did you know?

The RWA has been financially self-supporting since it was founded in 1844. Today, just 1.5% of running costs come from public subsidy.

The current COVID – 19 pandemic has brought in to razor sharp focus how vital the transformations planned through this project are for the financial sustainability of the RWA in the future.  The investments we make through this project will allow the RWA to generate more regular income that will be re-invested into community programmes and exhibitions.


Supporting the Light and Inspiration Appeal

How you can help

Please consider whether you, your family, your company or charitable trust can support the RWA with an exceptional gift towards the Light and Inspiration appeal.

Join the Circle of Light and Inspiration

We invite you to join the Circle of Light and Inspiration by making an extraordinary pledge of between £5,000 and £15,000.  Payment against pledges can be made over 2 tax years, with all monies received by June 2021 please.  Giving to the RWA is something you can truly enjoy – as a unique, artist-led organisation we offer you unrivalled opportunities to engage with art and artists through regular updates, invitations to Private Views and special events.  

Become a Light and Inspiration Benefactor

We are pleased to offer bespoke opportunities to support discrete elements of the new development from £20,000.  As an individual or corporate Benefactor of the RWA, you will be able to reach the RWA's audiences and enjoy opportunities to entertain clients, friends and colleagues in the impressive surroundings of our opulent, Grade II* Listed building, once COVID-19 restrictions have eased. 

We are delighted to be able to offer naming opportunities from £50,000 to £300,000. If you would like to discuss a naming opportunity with us, please contact Alison Bevan or Kate Foster to start a conversation.

We welcome gifts of all sizes and will be pleased to publicly acknowledge all gifts of £1,000 and above. As well as financial contributions, we welcome enquiries from people willing to support the appeal by running your own fundraising events e.g. supper parties, team challenge events or auctions of promises. Please get in touch to discuss.

Donations and tax efficient giving

As a registered charity all donations to the RWA can be tax efficient, significantly increasing the value of your gift at no extra cost to you. You can make a one-off donation below or to spread your payments over 2 tax years by annual direct debit, please contact Kate Foster, Head of Development (

Please include your contact details when asked, so we can send you a Gift Aid form which increases the value of your gift by 25% at no extra cost to you! We are very happy to respect your privacy but would really like to claim as much Gift Aid as possible.

If you pay tax at the higher or additional rate, you can reclaim tax on your donation through the self-assessment tax form. Please ask Kate for more information ( and consult a specialist for advice.  The table below gives examples.

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Or download a Donation and Pledge Form below

To find out who has supported the appeal to date please click here. 

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