Join the Friends of the RWA (FRWA) and enjoy supporting Bristol's own Royal Academy
The Friends are an independent charity (1107149) set up to support the RWA. The proceeds raised by membership fees and Friends fundraising activities are a vital source of income for the RWA and directly support exhibitions, educational activities and events.
Please note: To make up for this and our recent closure, all new memberships will have the expiry date extended until 30 June 2021. Please bear with us if there are delays sending out your membership card - we are currently only dispatching new orders once a week for safety reasons.
Becoming a Friend of the RWA is a great way to enjoy world-class exhibitions in Bristol, and to secure the future of the city's first art gallery. Joining the FRWA is also a great way to meet people with a shared love of the visual arts, and to enjoy all the benefits listed below.
You can also join as a Friend at the RWA Welcome Desk in person when you visit or by phone on 0117 973 5129. Alternatively, print off a copy of the Friends Leaflet below and mail to us. For any queries please contact the membership secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org
The FRWA regularly arrange trips, visits and talks to raise money to support the RWA. Many of these events can be found here. Please see below for further information on the upcoming Friends' 2D Exhibition at Tetbury Goods Shed.
Single - £35
Joint - £50
Student * - £15 (*Student membership requires ID, available for a maximum of 3 years)
For a flavour of the Friends' activities, visit the FRWA Facebook page here
29 April - 7 June 2020
Weds - Sun, 11am - 3pm
Exhibition launch: Wednesday 6 May, 6.30pm-8.30pm. All welcome.
This spring the Friends of the RWA will be taking over Tetbury Goods Shed for their next Open Exhibition.
If you enjoy the Annual Open Exhibition then this is very much for you: scores of artworks including paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures will be free to browse. All of the artworks will be available to buy.
Submit Your Art to the Friends' 2D Exhibition 2020
Please note: all works will be subject to selection by a panel. Works must be for sale with a 25% commission fee which will go to the venue. Entry fees (£10 per artwork) will go towards supporting the work of the Friends of the RWA (charity number 1107149).
The Floating Circle - an online art magazine by the Friends of the RWA
The Floating Circle is an online art magazine made by the Friends, for the Friends, for anyone interested in the visual arts in Bristol and beyond. It aims to showcase the art of the RWA and to celebrate all things arty and cultural in Bristol and the South West. Click here to view