Unique venue hire in central Bristol


Sharples and Winterstoke Galleries

With beautifully constructed interiors, wooden floors and marble friezes, these 19th century rooms have housed works from the big names in British Art including Turner, Constable, Nash and Hockney. The main galleries are flexible spaces for events from 30-300 people. These galleries are available for evening drinks and parties, launches and film screenings, and for breakfast meetings or all day on Mondays. Hire of the Sharples and Winterstoke Galleries also includes use of our stunning marble landing and historic balcony. 

Landing and Balcony

The RWA is opening its iconic Grade II* listed landing and balcony for exclusive evening hire. Whether you’re planning relaxed summer cocktails, a special celebration or a formal canapé reception, our impressive marble landing, overlooked by a breath-taking atrium, and historic west-facing terrace are the perfect setting to treat your clients, colleagues, friends and family.

Delegates are encouraged to make the most of complimentary admission to our exhibitions during their time at the RWA. 

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Learn more about the UK's only regional Royal Academy of Art

Our History

Find out why our beautiful Grade II* listed building was erected in 1858


Our caterers offer delicious canape and feast menus to suit a wide variety of events at the RWA

What's On

Experience art exhibitions, events, art classes and family workshops at Bristol's first art gallery and across the city