162 Annual Open Exhibition 2014

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162 Annual Open Exhibition

The Royal West of England Academy holds an Annual Open Exhibition now in its 162nd year. As the name suggests anyone can enter their work for this mixed discipline show. A selection panel assesses every entry and last year 560 works by 348 artists made it into the final exhibition. All work is for sale and the exhibition attracts art-lovers and art-buyers from far and wide. The exhibition is open to the public from 12 October – 7 December 2014.

Entry to the 162 Annual Open Exhibition is now closed (as of 27 August 2014).

If you have successfully entered your work for this exhibition then you will now be entered into the online pre-selection round.

Pre-selection results will be available online from 5pm, 12 September 2014. It is the artist’s responsibility to check their results. The RWA is not responsible for contacting artists with results; however, we aim to send a confirmation email/letter where possible. You can log-in to the Online Submission System (OSS) here www.oss-rwa.org.uk/Unsecured/Login.aspx

If you have been successful at pre-selection then you will need to bring your work to the RWA for final selection in September.

Transport will be available from designated venues in London, Birmingham, Exeter and Penzance. For more information you can download our transport information sheet here or see below for more information.

All artists delivering work by hand must bring this to the RWA on either the 26 or 27th September 2014 between 10am-5pm. Please make sure that the work is unwrapped and has a label attached. Work should not have mirror plates attached. Please read the Terms and Conditions to ensure that your work meets entry requirements.

For a list of useful dates regarding submission, please refer to the Terms & Conditions. You can download a copy of these below, please note there are three versions therefore please ensure that you select the correct option:

How do I book RWA Transport?

When do I have to deliver work?

If you have not booked regional transport you must deliver your work on the following dates:

10am-4pm on the 25 September for Academicians and Academician Candidates and 10am-4pm on the 26 & 27th September for the General Public.

When can I collect unsuccessful work?

If 1 or more of your works has not been selected you can collect them on the following dates:

If you have some work selected and some work not selected you can opt to collect all work after the exhibition on the following dates:

If you have booked regional transport your work will be returned to the locations listed above.

The RWA has limited storage space therefore we ask that any large / heavy or fragile sculpture that is unsuccessful at the final selection stage is collected by the 1st October 2014.

When is Varnishing Day Lunch and the Private View?

Selected artists are invited to attend a Varnishing Day Lunch on Saturday 11 October 11am-2pm. The lunch provides an opportunity to see your work in the show before the Private View and a chance to meet fellow exhibiting artists including RWA Academicians. Tickets cost £7.50 and include a light lunch and soft drink. Tickets will be bookable by phone between 3 October (when final results are made public) and 12noon on the 9 October. Artists are permitted to bring one guest each.

All selected artists are also invited to attend a Private View on the same day, Saturday 11 October, from 3 till 6pm with a prize giving at 4pm. If you are successful at the final stage of selection we will send you a link to download your copy of the invite.

I am having difficulty using my OSS Account?

All entries must be made online using our Online Submission System (OSS). You must read the Terms & Conditions before applying. For guidance on how to use OSS please read our OSS User Guide.

Who is on the Selection Panel?

This year our panel includes Janette Kerr PRWA, Stephen Jacobson RWA, Lisa Wright RWA, Will Maw RWA, Jason Lane RWA, David Alston, Arts Director, Arts Council of Wales and Lucy MacDonald, Associate Director of Hauser & Wirth, Somerset. You can download information about our selectors here.

Moving Image works will be selected by Janette Kerr PRWA, Stephen Jacobson RWA, Terry Flaxton RWA and Chris Meigh Andrews.

Who is the Invited Artist?

This year we are honored to have Peter Blake RA CBE as our invited artist. More details to follow.

Are there Prizes?

We are pleased to announce that this year’s prizes include:

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The Affordable Art Fair You Choose Award

£800 awarded to the public’s choice – vote for your favourite artwork

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UWE The Centre for Moving Image Research and RWA Bursary

£1000 bursary - All moving image submissions to the 162 Annual Open Exhibition will be eligible for this prize. The Bursary will allow the artist to produce a piece /and or series of works that will be shown at the RWA in 2015. The recipient will be asked to produce a detailed project plan including expenditure and a project report upon completion of work. The recipient will be selected by the moving image selection panel (see above).

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Evolver Wessex Cover Artist Award

Front cover of Evolver magazine’s Jan-Feb 2015 issue

Evolver Wessex Artist Award

Feature article in Evolver magazine’s Jan-Feb 2015 issue

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Consumer Intelligence Watercolour First Prize £250 cash

Consumer Intelligence Watercolour Second Prize £150 cash

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Redcliffe Press Photography Award

Selection of six art books published by Sansom & Co / Redcliffe Press from their recent catalogue.

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St Cuthberts Mill Work on Paper Award

20 sheets of Saunders Waterford 300gsm worth £75

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New Creations Coaching Emerging Artist Award

£240 worth of creative consulting with New Creations Coaching

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all our supporters including our prize givers.

The Derek Balmer PPRWA Painting Prize

£250 cash prize awarded to excellence in painting

The Clifton Arts Club Prize

£500 cash prize awarded for Best Work in Mixed Media

For images of last year's exhibition please visit our Flickr site here.