Support the RWA as a Friend

Friends of the RWA

Join the Friends of the RWA (FRWA) and enjoy supporting Bristol's own Royal Academy

The Friends are an independent charity (1107149) set up to support the RWA. The proceeds raised by membership fees and Friends fundraising activities are a vital source of income for the RWA and directly support exhibitions, educational activities and events.

Becoming a Friend of the RWA is a great way to enjoy world-class exhibitions in Bristol, and to secure the future of the city's first art gallery. Joining the FRWA is also a great way to meet people with a shared love of the visual arts, and to enjoy all the benefits listed below.

  • Free, unlimited entry to all RWA exhibitions
  • Invitations for you and a guest to all exhibition previews
  • Invitations to Friends events
  • Regular mailings of the RWA exhibition guide
  • Regular e-newsletter and printed newsletters so that you'll be the first to hear about RWA exhibitions, events and offers
  • Updates from The Floating Circle, the online art magazine of the Friends of the RWA
  • 5% discount on RWA Drawing School courses
  • 10% discount on food and drink in The Epiphany cafe
  • 10% discount on RWA - branded shop stock and Exhibition Catalogues 
  • Regular updates on Friends lectures and outings
  • Discount at Bristol Fine Art
  • Exclusive Friends Trips and Visits to galleries and museums all over the country.
  • Opportunity to attend painting holidays
  • Opportunity to submit work to the RWA Friends' Exhibitions


Join today

Single - £35

Joint - £50

Student * - £15  (*Student membership requires ID, available for a maximum of 3 years)

You can join as a Friend at the RWA Welcome Desk in person when you visit, or by phone on 0117 973 5129.  Alternatively, print off a copy of the Friends Leaflet. For any queries please contact the membership secretary on

The Friends organise a lively programme of trips, visits, talks and activities throughout the year. For a list of upcoming Friends trips, visit here and Talks (including Friends Talks) visit here

For a flavour of the Friends' activities, visit the FRWA Facebook page here

Friends of the RWA Registered Charity Number: 1107149


The Floating Circle -  an online art magazine by the Friends of the RWA

The Floating Circle is an online art magazine made by the Friends, for the Friends, for anyone interested in the visual arts in Bristol and beyond. It aims to showcase the art of the RWA and to celebrate all things arty and cultural in Bristol and the South West. Click here to view


Lectures, Trips and Visits

Art and Culture in The Midlands 

28-30 November 2018, Download the booking form below 


Art and Design in the Cotsworlds

28 March 2019, Download the booking form below 


Five Day Art and Culture Visit to Edinburgh & Glasgow

1 - 5 May 2019


Friends Leaflet

Friends of the RWA Trips and Visits BOOKING FORMS

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