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Royal West of England Academy

Queens Road | Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PX, England
+44 117 973 5129
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Full of interesting historical and contemporary artworks

Stunning listed building. On the groundfloor there was a free exhibition of prints, lithographs and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Rose B
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Sawdust and sequins

Always worth a visit. We spent a couple of hours looking at both old and new art here. Some of the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sue B
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The Royal West of England Academy exists for everyone with an interest in art and design.Our artistic programme promotes inspiring work by our Academicians and Artist Members, and brings high profile exhibitions by established artists to Bristol. The RWA’s aim is to provide an inclusive programme of exhibitions, events and education in order to enhance the knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of art to the people who visit. The Royal West of England Academy (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 150 years and possesses an outstanding Grade II* listed building, galleries and permanent fine art collection. The RWA has HM Queen Elizabeth II as its patron. Education is an important element in any gallery experience and the RWA aims to supply programmes that provide quality art education in the gallery environment for all levels of ability, age and understanding. More details about forthcoming events and the types of activities we offer can be found on the Events pages. The Academy is situated in the academic heart of Bristol where Queen's Road meets Whiteladies Road. Read more about how the Academy was founded on our History page, and for more about our current work read our Behind the Scenes blog or our RWA President blog. Visitor information, including how to find us, opening hours and access info, can be found on our website.
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Queens Road | Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PX, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stunning listed building. On the groundfloor there was a free exhibition of prints, lithographs and illustrations. Downstairs another free exhibition put on by Bristol University students. Upstairs exhibitions you have to pay for but well worth the money - full of interesting historical and contemporary...More

Thank Rose B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Always worth a visit. We spent a couple of hours looking at both old and new art here. Some of the free to see art is really good. Peter Blake- Sgt Pepper artist was on display.

Thank Sue B
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Reviewed 4 May 2018

Not much to see in the free exhibition here. A few Peter Blake's down stairs in what looked like a dilapidated school corridor, complete with stuff the caretaker has left behind. Would advise the wonderful Bristol museum as an alternative.

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Reviewed 26 April 2018

A basic title, but if you're into Art then it's a must visit. Certain times of the year you can submit your artwork too.

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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Went today with mixed expectations of reviews but wanted to see the fine art. It was disgustingly overpriced. £8 for 4 rooms. 2 of actual paintings and 2 of photographs. Took all of 20 mins. Popped down to the Bristol museum where they have proper...More

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Reviewed 10 March 2018

We went to see the exhibition of works by woman artists including Sandra Blow , Elisabeth Frink and Sonia Lawson. The high walls in the RWA were perfect for the large canvases and sculptures and in the smaller galleries were works by women members of...More

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Reviewed 16 November 2017

We visited when the annual open exhibition was on. At about £7 a head it's great value - brilliant works by all sorts of artists. Well displayed with great staff and an interesting shop. Also a café, toilets and all the usual things.

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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Having left my hometown of Bristol almost 9 years ago, I’ve only now managed to visit this gallery as a tourist just recently. It’s a light, architecturally impressive venue. I was lucky enough to see the RWA’s 165th annual open exhibition (significantly less pretentious than...More

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Reviewed 4 November 2017

I visited the Royal West of England Academy last week. It was my first visit for some years. It's a lovely gallery set within an elegant building. The present exhibition is the 165th Open Exhibition. There is so much to see. The walls and floors...More

Thank Simon S
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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Art can be very subjective, and I'm no academic on the subject. I've visited various different art galleries in Bristol, London and other venues. The 165 open exhibition is one of the better ones. Some of the pieces ( mostly some sculptures ) looked terrible,...More

Thank Alex A
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