Support the RWA as a Friend

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

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.


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


Friends' 2D Exhibition 2020, Tetbury Goods Shed

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

If you would like to submit your work make sure you sign up as a Friend before Tuesday 14 April and fill out the exhibition entry form by 5pm on Wednesday 15 April 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



Friends Leaflet

Friends of the RWA Trips and Visits BOOKING FORMS

Friends Exhibition at Tetbury Goods Shed - 29 April - 7 June 2020

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