This spring, the RWA will be working with students on the University of Bristol’s MA course in Art History to curate an exhibition in response to The Power of the Sea. The important historical and contemporary works presented in The Power of the Sea reflect the current tensions of movement and change, tides and travel, erosion and weathering, culture, heritage and economy, encompassing a number of historical traditions and movements. Students taking part in the course will be responding to these themes and selecting work from the RWA’s own significant collection, which includes over sixty works that feature the sea, including beach scenes, coastal landscapes and man-made harbours.

The University of Bristol Art History Department have also worked with a number of museums and galleries, including Tate Britain, the National Portrait Gallery and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. To find out more please see

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29 May - 18 July

Admission prices

FREE ENTRY to this exhibition

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.