Unique venue hire in central Bristol

Please note: We are now closed until February 2022 as we start work on the Light and Inspiration Capital Project. If you would like to hire one of our spaces from then, please contact 

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 30-350 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. 

Milner Gallery

The similar yet smaller Milner Gallery can be hired separately to the Main Galleries and provides an intimate setting for a smaller drinks party or private reception. 

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.

We are very excited to be offering a summer package option with the landing and balcony hire, which includes canapés and a welcome glass of bubbly for £18 + vat per person. To discuss this further, please contact our Events Manager on the details below. 

Fedden Gallery

Available for hire throughout the week, the Fedden Gallery is an ideal setting for board meetings or seminars for up to 50 people. Hire includes use of Wi-Fi and built-in audio visual facilities. Catering can be provided by our in-house cafe at a price per person rate.

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

Should you wish, you can hire all five of our galleries for you event. 


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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 external caterers offer delicious food for a wide variety of events at RWA

What's On

Experience art exhibitions, events and Drawing School classes at Bristol's oldest art gallery - taking place off site until Feb...