Me, Myself, I: Artists' Self-Portraits exhibition, installation view. RWA Bristol, 2022. Photo: Alice Hendy

Me, Myself, I: Artists’ Self-Portraits

2 May - 19 Jun 2022


Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road, Clifton Bristol BS8 1PX


2 May - 19 Jun 2022

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Me, Myself, I: Artists’ Self-Portraits is the RWA’s landmark reopening exhibition in May - June 2022

Me, Myself, I: Artists’ Self-Portraits provides historical context to today’s selfie culture, through an exploration of self-portraiture over the last three hundred years. The exhibition, curated by Tessa Jackson OBE, in particular explores the last fifty years and the ways artists have imagined and presented themselves: from the highly personal and psychological to the controversial and political.

Me, Myself, I: Artists’ Self-Portraits includes over 80 artworks by major artists such as Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin, Sonia Boyce, Antony Gormley, Gillian Wearing, Harold Offeh, Shani Rhys James, Shanti Panchal, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Angelica Kauffman, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Lucian Freud, Patrick Heron, Tony Bevan, Madame Yevonde and many more.

Discover the artists who challenged social norms and defied conventions, who questioned identity, gender and representation ahead of their time, and who constantly think afresh in an ever-changing world. Me, Myself, I: Artists’ Self-Portraits is a timely re-examination of a fundamental area of art history that will bring together work from the 1720s to the 2020s, placing well-known artists alongside emerging talent.


Image: 'Me, Myself, I: Artists' Self-Portraits', installation view, RWA Bristol, 2022. Photo: Alice Hendy

Related Events:

Gallery Tours: Every Tuesday at 12pm. Included with your admission ticket, led by a member of the RWA team or a volunteer.

Who We Are: Celebrating QTIBPOC, Friday 6 May 6.30 - 9.30pm

Curator Tour - Me, Myself, I: Artists' Self-Portraits, Saturday 14 May 12pm - 1pm

Art History Day School - Saturday 14 May  

RWA Light and Inspiration After Hours, Thursday 9 June 6-9pm

I See Myself? A Panel Discussion - Friday 10 June 6-8pm

Portrait Drawing - Saturday 11 June 

Family events - various times & dates

Free Bank Holiday Exhibition Entry

As a thank you to Lottery Players who helped us transform our beautiful building we are offering two special discounted days for the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday in June (2 & 3 June 2022). You can walk in on the day without booking, or can prebook tickets for these dates in advance.

The exhibition will take place across all main gallery spaces, following the transformational Light and Inspiration £4.1 million capital project, funded by NLHF and other generous supporters.

Tickets can be booked in advance, or purchased at the RWA on the day of your visit.

An exhibition book with over 70 illustrations is available to purchase. Published by Sansom, RRP £18.50, special exhibition price £15.

Sponsored by Bonhams and Fresh: Art Fair.

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