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RWA Season of Photography

A cel­e­bra­tion of con­tem­po­rary pho­to­graph­ic prac­tice through exhi­bi­tions and activities.

The RWA (Royal West of England Academy) is delighted to announce a major season of photography with several exhibitions and photography-related activities taking place in its recently transformed galleries. Included are a landmark Photo Open Exhibition and adjoining exhibition by critically acclaimed Bristol-born landscape photographer Jem Southam RWA (Hon). 

Jem Southam’s A Bend in the River is a beautifully observed series of photographs documenting the changes in the environment in a particular spot on a riverbank over a 5-year period, shown alongside artworks by Turner, Constable and others depicting similar scenes.  

The RWA Photo Open celebrates contemporary photographic practice in all its forms. Over 150 works were selected from hundreds of submissions. The exhibition showcases the sheer quality and range of photographic work being produced by photographers and artists across the UK and abroad today.      

Your admission ticket covers both these exhibitions, plus there are other free-to-view exhibitions throughout the Gallery: Between Work and Window portraits of RWA Academicians by internationally renowned photographer Anne-Katrin Purkiss;  Underexposed, by Alice Hendy, documenting the brilliant work of disabled individuals who attend Bristol Community Links, and PhotoLab an interactive exhibition where you’ll find objects such as lenses, mirrors, lights and even a darkroom installation and are encouraged to take part, play and explore.

Full price £8
Concession £4.90
Entry is free for under 21s, Students, Friends of the RWA and Art Pass Holders.