Landmark open submission exhibition will begin at RWA next month

Landmark open submission exhibition will begin at RWA next month

Posted on: 28 Dec 2022

For the past three months The Royal West of England Academy, located on Queens Road in Clifton, has been accepting submissions for the photography exhibition.


The RWA Photo Open Exhibition will run from Saturday 28 January until Monday 1 May.


Submissions closed on Monday 5 December for the exhibition that will run parallel with a second show from Bristol-born photographer Jem Southam with entry to both runs included in the ticket price.


Tickets for the exhibition can be found on the RWA website.



The RWA Photo Open Exhibition is run as a celebration of contemporary photographic practice with the Academy opening submissions to any artist using the medium. Submissions closed earlier this month and visitors will be able to enjoy a raft of single images and limited series from brand-new talents.


From ancient China’s camera obscuras to early pinhole photography, few artistic mediums have undergone such dramatic transformation as the world of photography. Now, in the digital age, photography has become one of the most popular and accessible forms of expression.


The RWA’s upcoming landmark exhibition will see a range of pieces from artists who create photographic work or explore the nature of photography as well as those who use photography to inform other artistic practices.

All submissions were analysed by a selection panel that included internationally acclaimed artists Jem Southam, Amak Mahmoodian and Sian Bonnell as well as RWA Academicians Judith Jones and Susan Derges RWA, and Tracy Marshall (Director of Development -The Royal Photographic Society). The exhibition will be presented in conjunction with Bristol Photo Festival.


RWA Photo Open Exhibition will run alongside Bristol-born photographer Jem Southam’s ‘A Bend In The River’. Known for his carefully observed approach to landscape photography, documenting an environment’s subtle changes over time – often with a focus on the South West of England.


‘A Bend in the River’ sees a series of images (see below) taken at a specific spot on a riverbank where Southam became lost in contemplation one evening. He returned to the same spot each day for the rest of the winter, documenting the fluctuating nature of the environment.

Both exhibitions will run from Saturday 28 January until Monday 1 May, tickets can be found on the RWA website.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturday’s are spent watching his team both home and away.