The RWA's 168th Annual Open Exhibition is open to visitors until Sunday 9 May

The RWA's 168th Annual Open Exhibition is open to visitors until Sunday 9 May

Posted on: 29 Apr 2021

Explore one of Bristol's best-loved exhibitions as the RWA returns post-lockdown.


Bristol's Royal West of England Academy (RWA) are taking their final bookings for in-person visits to their latest Open Exhibition, an annual showcase of work submitted by established and emerging artists across the UK.


Initially due to open from 14 November 2020 - 7 March 2021, the 168th edition of the exhibition has been disrupted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with the gallery team unable to welcome physical visitors until 17 April.


Now, with just a few days remaining until the Open Exhibition closes on Sunday 9 May, Bristolians are invited to head to the gallery in BS8 to explore a vibrant range of paintings, sculptures, photography and more.



Bringing together a range of artistic disciplines, from traditional painting to printmaking and abstract mixed media, the RWA's 168th Annual Open Exhibition features more than 600 works submitted by a diverse selection of artists from across Bristol and beyond.


All the work on display is for sale, allowing both artists and buyers to find their feet in the art market. A hit with art lovers both locally and from further afield, last year's exhibition saw more than 10,000 people visit to browse the work on display. 


With a range of prizes up for grabs, including a first prize of £5000 available to any artist working in any medium, a selection panel will assess every entry that makes it into the final exhibition. 


This year's panel includes RWA Academicians Fiona Robinson, Ros Ford, Seyed Edalatpour and Wendy Elia, as well as artist and gallerist Zavier Ellies, writer Anna McNay and curator Isabel Seligman.


Bookings for the coming days are open now and can be made here, with free entry available for students and under-18s. For more information on the RWA, or to find out what's coming up at the gallery in 2021, head to their website.

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