The RWA is a Registered Charity (No 1070163) and has relied on the generosity of individuals since its inauguration in 1844, when Patrons included Prince Albert, the Prince Consort, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

By supporting the RWA as a Patron, you are enabling this outstanding historic institution to fulfil its role as a regional centre for excellence in the visual arts, showcasing exceptional talent and bringing the best of British and international art to Bristol.

There are different levels of Patron membership available, so you can choose one to suit your requirements and budget, and payment may be made in installments if preferred, starting at £25 per month for Bronze single and £37.50 for Bronze joint membership.


Bronze includes:

Bronze £300+ single, £450+ joint p.a.


Silver includes benefits for Bronze plus:

Silver £1,000+ p.a.


Gold includes benefits for Silver plus:

Gold £5,000+ p.a.

If you would like a private discussion about becoming a Patron or Benefactor, please contact Alison Bevan, Director, on 0117 906 7603

We are grateful to our current Patrons for their generous support:


Keith & Gill Bonham
Russ & Linda Carr
Consumer Intelligence Ltd
Timothy and Judith Jones
Sarah & Tony Kenny
Brenda McLennan & James Smith
Effie & Michael Romain
Nicole Sherwood
Ron Stagg
Sir James and Lady Virginia Tidmarsh
and others who wish to be anonymous  


Derek Balmer PPRWA
Norman Biddle
Edmund and Susan Bruegger
Michael Clarke
Maria Crayton & Maddie Burnell
Kathy Curling
Edward & Maire Cussen
Jill and Colin Dunmore
John and Heather Frenkel
Roger Gallannaugh
Paul and Kathleen Gough
Joan Hawkins and Bernard Fennell
Clive Hetherington
Jenny Hooper
Cameron & Ros Kennedy
Ian Learner & Christina May
Bridget McCrum RWA
Christopher & Mere Moorsom
Simon Quadrat PPRWA
Geoff and Jenny Sharman
Gill & Guy Stobart
Peter & Lesley Stoppard
Renee Thornton
David and Catherine Walker
John Wood
Martin Wright & Stephane Darc
Joanna & Charles Wyld
Andrew & Rosemarie Yates