Join the Friends!
The Friends of the RWA (FRWA) are an independent charity set up to support the Royal West of England Academy. Following recent agreements, the FRWA are working in partnership with the RWA to offer a unified annual membership scheme for supporters.
The objectives of the FRWA charity are "To educate the public by the promotion, support, assistance, and improvement of the Royal West of England Academy through the activities of a group of Friends." More information can be found at www.friendsrwa.org.uk
Memberships are a vital source of annual income and all membership fees paid go directly to supporting the RWA’s exhibitions, educational activities and events.
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
Invitation to all exhibition previews
Invitations to Friends events
Stay in touch
Regular mailings of our exhibition guide
Mailings of news, events and offers
Friends only information about lectures and outings
10% discount in the RWA Cafe
10% discount at Bristol Fine Art
Be a Friend and learn about our voucher scheme for Bristol Drawing School
Single - £35
Joint - £50
Student * - £15
*Student membership requires ID, available for a maximum of 3 years
To apply for membership online please click here
For individuals wishing to make a greater contribution to the RWA, why not become a Patron, which offers many exclusive opportunities. Join today and you can enjoy:
All the benefits available to Friends, plus:
Unlimited free entry for yourself and chosen guest to all RWA exhibitions and invitations to all exhibition previews
Guided tours of major RWA exhibitions
Visits to Academician’s studios
Invitations to exclusive events
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, or expert curatorial advice on preventive conservation for artworks you own.
If you are interested in becoming a Patron, please phone the Director, Alison Bevan, on 0117 906 7603 for a confidential chat.
Photograph: Max McClure