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168 Annual Open

The RWA’s renowned Annu­al Open Exhi­bi­tion returns for its 168th year with a stun­ning vari­ety of work from emerg­ing and estab­lished artists.

05/12/20 – 07/03/21
Opening Times
Sunday, 10:00 – 16:00
Monday, Closed
Tue–Sat, 10:00 – 16:00
The RWA's renowned Annual Open Exhibition returns for its 168th year with a stunning variety of work from emerging and established artists.

This dynamic and varied exhibition invites painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation and mixed media submissions and is a showcase of some of the most exciting artists from across the country and beyond.

All work is for sale, making the Annual Open a perfect opportunity to discover new artists or invest in well-known names.

Always popular with art lovers, last year’s spectacular exhibition attracted over 10,000 visitors. This year's Annual Open will include work by our invited artist Rebecca Salter PRA as well as the RWA’s own Academicians.

A selection panel assesses every entry and last year 657 works by 451 artists made it into the final exhibition. This year's selectors include RWA Academicians Fiona Robinson, Ros Ford, Seyed Edalatpour and Wendy Elia, alongside artist and gallerist Zavier Ellis.

Find out more about this exhibition on Twitter: #RWA168

Calling all Artists! Apply to Take Part in the Exhibition
Submissions for the 168 Annual Open Exhibition are now open until Tuesday 22 September. Click here for more information and to apply

Exhibition Opening Times
Please note that the RWA's current opening times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 11am-1pm and 1pm-3pm. Tickets must be booked in advance. Book now for our current exhibition Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and the Artists of St Ives.

The RWA as a Charity
The Annual Open reflects the RWA’s ongoing commitment to championing world-class art in the region and creating opportunities for new and emerging talent. Income from submissions is a vital source of support for the RWA, an independent charity (1070163), in order to maintain its historically significant building, present its ambitious programme of exhibitions and deliver creative opportunities for young people and adults across Bristol.

Sponsored by Smith and Williamson
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