Join the Friends of the RWA

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.

  • Free, unlimited entry to all RWA exhibitions
  • Invitations for you and a guest to all exhibition previews
  • Invitations to Friends events
  • Opportunity to submit your art to Friends exhibitions
  • Regular mailings of the RWA exhibition guide
  • Regular e-newsletter and printed newsletters so that you'll be the first to hear about RWA exhibitions, events and offers
  • Updates from The Floating Circle, the online art magazine of the Friends of the RWA
  • 5% discount on RWA Drawing School courses
  • 10% discount on food and drink in the RWA cafe
  • 10% discount on RWA - branded shop stock and Exhibition Catalogues 
  • Regular updates on Friends lectures and outings
  • Discount at Bristol Fine Art
  • Exclusive Friends Trips and Visits to galleries and museums all over the country.
  • Opportunity to attend painting holidays


Click here to sign up online.

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


Friends Events

Pre-Covid19, the FRWA regularly arranged trips, visits and talks to raise money to support the RWA. Examples of these events can be found here. It is very much hoped that the Friends' 2D Exhibition at Tetbury Goods Shed, originally planned for spring 2020, will be held at a later date.


Join today

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

Friends of the RWA Registered 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



Friends Leaflet

Friends of the RWA Trips and Visits BOOKING FORMS

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