Friends of the RWA is the annual membership scheme for supporters of the RWA. A vital source of income, memberships make up around 5% of our annual income and this regular and predictable funding allows us to carefully plan our work for the year.
Previously administered by a separate charity, membership is now run by the RWA. This move puts the Friends at the heart of the RWA, working together as a team alongside staff to achieve the common goals of the organisation, particularly in the important areas of education and events planning.
Financially, the change means more funds are available to channel back into the RWA programme, for which significant investment is currently being directed.
Becoming a Friend of the RWA is a great way to enjoy the RWA and what it has to offer - an opportunity to meet people with a shared love of the visual arts, and to enjoy all the benefits listed below.
- Free, unlimited entry to all RWA exhibitions
- Double invitation to all exhibition previews
- Invitations to Friends events
Stay in touch
- Regular mailings of our exhibition guide
- Free subscription to Art Magazine (mailed to you every quarter)
- Mailings of events and offers
- 10% discount in the RWA Cafe
- 10% discount at Bristol Fine Art
- Reduced rates on submission of work
- Be a Friend and learn about our voucher scheme for Bristol Drawing School
- Discounts and special offers from carefully selected partners (current offers are available to view on our website)
- Single - £35
- Joint - £50
- Student * - £15
- Individual life membership - £375
- Joint life membership - £500
*Student membership requires ID, available for a maximum of 3 years
Update: Friends of the Royal West of England Academy
The Royal West of England Academy (Charity Registration Number 1070163
The Friends of the Royal West of England Academy (Charity Registration Number 110 7149)
Over recent months discussions have been taking place between the RWA and the FRWA with the objective of resolving the difficulties which have arisen between the two organisations.
Both organisations recognise that recent events have damaged the ability of the FRWA to support the work of the RWA and are working hard to resolve these difficulties. We all hope to be able to work together for the future benefit and development of the RWA.
The discussions have been very constructive and it is anticipated that our two organisations will shortly be in a position to provide full details of how the relationship will develop in the future.
Our objective is to bring together all Friends, volunteers and supporters for the benefit of all and particularly for the future success of the RWA.
Professor Kevin Thompson OBE Ann Fawcett
Chair – RWA Board of Trustees Chair – FRWA Board of Trustees
For individuals wishing to make a greater contribution to the RWA, our Patrons scheme offers many exclusive opportunities. Join today and you can enjoy:
All the benefits available to Friends including:
Unlimited free entry to all RWA exhibitions and invitations to all exhibition previews
Guided tours of major RWA exhibitions
Visits to Academician’s studios
Invitations to exclusive fund raising events
Art Magazine sent to your home every quarter
Acknowledgment in the Annual Report and major exhibition catalogues
Patron schemes start from £250 and we are happy to draw up a bespoke package for you:
Bronze Patron - £250
Silver Patron - £1000
Gold Patron - £6000
Platinum Patron - If you would like to donate £10,000 or more, please contact us to discuss the opportunities available to you.
Bespoke packages may include the loan of work from the permanent collection in your home (ensuring that gift aid is maintained).
To apply for membership online please click here
To apply by post please download our Friends & Patrons leaflet to apply for membership.