Like the summer exhibition at London’s Royal Academy, the RWA’s Annual Open Exhibition – now in its 162nd year - is a key event in the art calendar. Attracting leading artists from throughout the UK, it is open to all, and often includes work by previously un-shown exhibitors alongside well-known names. A selection panel assesses every entry and last year 561 works by 348 artists made it into the final exhibition. All the work is for sale attracting art-lovers and buyers from far and wide.

How to Enter

Artists are encouraged to submit recent work (produced within the last 3 years) and all works must be for sale, with prices predominantly under £10,000. Each artist can submit a maximum of three works, which must not have been exhibited before at the RWA, and there is a submission fee for each entry. If you are interested in submitting your work for the Open exhibition, please visit our website for details of the Online Submission System (OSS), or if you do not have access to a computer, please contact us using the details below.

How to Buy Art

The Annual Open Exhibition showcases the cream of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and architecture, selected and curated by an expert panel from thousands of submitted works. With prices starting from around £25, the show offers an ideal opportunity to start or build an art collection with an eclectic mix of work by established, emerging and unknown artists to suit all tastes and pockets. Finishing on 7 December, the show may also solve the Christmas shopping dilemma, as an original artwork is a gift a loved-one will treasure for a lifetime.

Buying a piece of art can be a daunting task when there is so much to choose from, but the RWA aims to make this process easy and enjoyable. Our team are on hand to help and advise ensuring you find the perfect artwork to suit your taste, home and budget. Contact us for more information or 0117 973 5129.

Each year, the Annual Open Exhibition is deemed bigger and better than the last, and whether you are an artist, art-lover or collector, it offers a visual treat for all ages and tastes – don’t miss it!

12 October – 7 December 2014

Admission prices

Gift Aid admission:

Adults: £5.00 Concessions: £3.50

Standard admission:

Adults: £4.50 Concessions : £3.10

Art Fund card admission: £2

Under 16s/SGS, UoB & UWE students: FREE

Return ticket: £8 (unlimited repeat visits for exhibition duration)

Become a Friend (yearly membership): from £15, enjoy unlimited repeat visits, private view invitations, and other benefits.

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Opening times

OPENING HOURS Galleries and café Closed Mondays Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm Sunday: 11am – 5pm Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Before travelling, please call ahead to check opening hours as we occasionally close for special events.