Schools, Colleges and Learning Groups

School visit

The RWA is an excellent resource for schools, colleges and learning groups, located in the heart of Bristol's academic quarter. The gallery is committed to offering high-quality experiences for learners of all ages, and to sharing our passion for visual art with visitors. 

The RWA Learning and Participation team offer a range of options for teachers and classes. To discuss your requirements, contact Helen Jacobs on or call 07425889894. 

Feedback from Schools

‘An excellent well delivered workshop. Great to have Helen’s input regarding how sculptures are created… bring[ing] the art pieces to life for the children, enabling them to feel that their opinions and responses are valued.  In a world where children are becoming more passive learners and technology is instant, it is vital that children have these opportunities to interact with art pieces and be able to look at them with a more critical eye. Thank you for continuing to provide them - we feel very privileged to be able to take part.’ - Victoria Milne & Sophie Davies, Teachers, Westbury on Trym Academy (Look Imagine Write)

Group Bookings

Please note: due to coronavirus restrictions we are not currently accepting group bookings. 

The RWA offers a special rate for individual students, schools and learning groups:

  • All students: FREE
  • Under 18s - FREE
  • Advance group bookings - 10% discount on all tickets. Bus driver visits for free. 

To make the most of your visit it is recommended that groups are no larger than 30 individuals. You may wish to visit as a larger party and then split the group up to tour the exhibition. Groups may be asked to split into smaller groups when entering certain exhibitions. The RWA recommends that each class is accompanied by their teacher and at least one other adult at all times. Please note that teachers and accompanying adults are responsible for the behaviour of their group at all times during their visit.

The RWA welcomes self-guided visits to the gallery. You are welcome to work in the galleries using pencils and crayons unless specified otherwise. Clipboards can normally be provided if you let us know in advance. Please note that chalks, charcoal, pastel, paints and other messy materials are not permitted to use in the gallery spaces. If in doubt about the use of other materials, do please check with us beforehand.

Photography regulations vary between exhibitions - please check with us beforehand or on the day of the visit. 

Please note there is limited cloak room space on site. We recommend leaving bags etc on the coach but appreciate this may not be possible, in which case we can accommodate items on the upstairs landing (at your own risk), if kept clear of the thoroughfares. In gallery spaces please ensure backpacks are carried in front of you (so as to avoid accidently knocking art works.)

The RWA recommends that groups conduct a risk assessment prior to their visit to the RWA. Please also ask if you wish to see RWA's own risk assessment.


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