161 Annual Open Exhibition
The Royal West of England Academy holds an annual open exhibition now in its 161st year. As the name suggests, anyone can enter their work for this mixed discipline show. A selection panel assesses every entry and last year 541 works by 351 artists made it into the final exhibition. All work is for sale, and the exhibition attracts art-lovers and art-buyers from far and wide.
Submissions are welcome from unknown, emerging and established artists, including RWA Academicians, and can include painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture and other media.
Pre-selection takes place online, after which successful artists will need to bring their work to the RWA for final selection in early November. Work can be collected from designated venues in London, Birmingham, Exeter and Penzance.
Please note that entry fees apply.
How do I enter?
Please note that entry to this exhibition is now closed.
Terms and Conditions & Transport Regulations
If you wish to book return transport for art work you can do this online between 1 December 2013 and 24 January 2014.
If you are a member of the general public (this includes RWA Friends, Artist Network Members and Students) you should read these Terms and Conditions.
If you are an RWA Academician you should read these Terms and Conditions.
To find out more about regional transport collections please read the Transport Regulations.
If you are new to OSS or are having difficulty using the system please read our handy OSS User Guide & FAQs. It contains advice on what to do if you have forgotten your user name or password, how to book transport and lots more.
How and where do I check my results?
All results must be checked by logging-in to the Online Submission System (OSS). Please note that it is the artist’s responsibility to check their results. Unlike previous years we will not be sending out results via email
Final selection results will be available to check online from 3pm, 15 November 2013 onwards.
Please do not call the RWA to check results unless you have difficulty logging on.
If your work has been selected you will be emailed a link from which you can download an e-invite to the Varnishing Day Lunch and Private View. Please note this is not a results confirmation email and you should check your results on OSS as instructed above.
For full dates and information on the final selection process please read the Terms and Conditions, there is a link to this above.
Varnishing Day Lunch and the Private View
All selected artists are invited to attend the Varnishing Day Lunch on Saturday 23rd November, 11.30am - 1.30pm. Ticket price is £7.50 and includes a light lunch, tea and coffee. Tickets must be booked by 12pm on the 21st November. To find out more about the event and how to book please download our Varnishing Day Lunch Factsheet.
Please note that all selected artists are invited to attend the Private View on Saturday 23rd November 2 – 6pm. A prize giving ceremony will take place at 2.30pm. Selected artists will either be sent a postal invitation or an e-invite for this event on the same day as the final results are made public (Friday 15th November 2013).
Who is on the Selection Panel?
The selection panel has traditionally included artists, art dealers, curators and critics. This year the panel includes:
To find out more about the selection panel please read Selection Panel Biographies.
Invited Artist - Aisling Hedgecock
This year our invited artist is Aisling Hedgecock, named The Independent newspaper’s Outstanding Young Artist of the Year, ‘Talent 2007’. Hedgecock was born in Donegal, Republic of Ireland, 1979, and moved to Dorset, United Kingdom, in 1986. After completing an honours degree in Fine Art, Sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art, London, in 2001, she gained a place on the Fine Art, Sculpture MA at the Royal College of Art, London, 2004.
Hedgecock was awarded the Sainsbury Scholarship in Drawing and Sculpture at The British School at Rome, and worked in Italy until 2008. Her most recent solo exhibitions include We Are Stardust at Akershus Kunstsenter, Olso, 2013, and The Third Stellation, at Galerie Gabriel Rolt, in Amsterdam, 2011. Group shows include On Becoming a Gallery Part 3 at Angus-Hughes, London, New London School, Galerie Schuster, Berlin, and On Time, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Hedgecock is currently based in Dorset and Spain. Hedgecock also joins us on this year’s selection panel.
Dendrologics, Aisling Hedgecock
The Annual Open Exhibition provides an excellent opportunity to sell your work and for it to be seen by 1000s of visitors. We also have a number of exciting prizes that are awarded to selected works. For more information please see below or download a copy of our Prizes Information Sheet.
The Affordable Art Fair You Choose Award
£800 awarded to the public’s choice – vote for your favourite artwork.
Evolver Wessex Artist Award
Feature article in Evolver magazine’s March - April 2014 issue.
Evolver Cover Award
Front cover of Evolver magazine’s January - February 2014 issue.
The Bristol First Collective Award
Collective will purchase a piece of work/s from the exhibition up to the value of £1000
The UWE Bristol Drawing prize
£300 pounds given by the University of the West of England for distinctive practice in drawing.
Consumer Intelligence Watercolour Prize
First Prize: £250 cash
Second Prize: £150 cash
Redcliffe Press Photography Award
Art books published by Redcliffe Press to the value of £100
St Cuthberts Mill Work on Paper Award
20 sheets of Saunders Waterford 300gsm worth £75
Pangolin Editions Sculpture Award
50cm2 Bronze casting by Pangolin Editions
New Creations Coaching Emerging Artist Award
£240 worth of creative consulting with New Creations Coaching