Venue Hire at the RWA

Low lighting in the RWA galleries

Sharples and Winterstoke galleries

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A table is full of champagne flutes at the RWA

The first floor landing is a perfect spot for networking drinks

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A group networking at the RWA

Contact us to discuss your event and venue requirements

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A Sound Bath event in the galleries (photo Robert J C Browne)

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Treat your guests to an unforgettable event in the heart of Bristol, set in a magnificent Grade II* listed building with world-class exhibitions as a unique backdrop.

Our spectacular galleries are available for event hire throughout the year. Hire of these galleries also includes access to our impressive marble landing, overlooked by a breath-taking dome, and spacious balcony with views across the historic area of Clifton. Whatever your event, the RWA can provide a truly unique setting.

Our spaces are perfect for:

  • Networking Receptions
  • Celebrations 
  • Small Dinners and Lunches (subject to exhibition schedule) 
  • Filming and Photography Shoots
  • Meetings with a creative twist, away days and creative wellbeing sessions

To find out more about holding an event at the RWA, you can read our FAQs here

For further information please contact or fill out our Venue Hire Enquiry Form here

Support the RWA, Bristol's First Art Gallery

The RWA is one of only five Royal Academies of Art in the UK. It is a registered charity which has been self-supporting for over 160 years. By hiring our spaces for an event you are kindly supporting the RWA to inspire people from all backgrounds with art and creativity and to bring great works to the region, often for the first time. 


Corporate Sponsorship

Sponsors receive marketing benefits including exposure to our audiences and hospitality in our stunning galleries


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


Dining set up in our galleries
Networking Reception in Sharples and Winterstoke (Image by Neil Phillips)
Pre-dinner drinks in the galleries (Image by Sarah Hall Photography)
Drinks on the first floor landing (Image by Sarah Hall Photography)
Live music in the galleries
Circus performance in Sharples and Winterstoke (Image by Sarah Hall Photography)
Networking Reception in the galleries (Image by Neil Phillips)
Party on the first floor landing
Creative workshop in the Youngwood Room