The RWA – England’s only regional Royal Academy of Art – showcases national and international visual art, featuring foremost artists from the past and present (including our own Academicians), with the aim of inspiring and nurturing creative talent.

Our artistic programme presents the best of British art, ranging from famous names of the past to inspiring work by our current Academicians, and brings high profile exhibitions by established artists to Bristol.

The RWA’s aim is to provide an inclusive programme of exhibitions, events and workshops in order to enhance the knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of art for the widest possible audience.

The RWA is the UK's only regional Royal Academy of Art - one of only five in total including the national Academies in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and London. 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 head patron and enjoys the support of leading individuals and businesses in Bristol and beyond.

Education is an important element in any gallery experience and the RWA's learning and outreach
programmes (supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund) provide quality art education in the gallery environment for all levels of ability, age and understanding, and encourage disadvantaged communities to
find empowerment through art. 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 in our Visit Us section.

The Royal West of England Academy is a registered charity no. 1070163
The RWA is a company limited by guarantee.
Registered address: Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PX
Registered in England No 3567088