The RWA, as one of five Royal Academies in Great Britain and Ireland, has a membership of 150 Academicians. Academicians are an independent body of artists at the forefront of their profession, who have achieved excellence in their field, and who are committed to contributing to the future of the RWA.

Academicians are elected by a panel of their peers on the basis that they are:

  • Practising artists or architects of ability and experience
  • Creators of artworks that are judged to be of a consistently high standard
  • Willing to undertake the commitments and responsibilities of elected membership of the Academy

Academicians support the activities of the RWA. This includes contributing works to the RWA Annual Open Exhibition and assisting with exhibitions, events and educational activities.

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