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

 

Click here to sign up online

 

Become a Friend and take part in the Friends' Biennial Art Exhibition

This April the Friends will be taking over two galleries at the RWA for the Biennial Exhibition. If you enjoy the Annual Open Exhibition then this is very much for you: scores of artworks including paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures will be free to browse in the Cube and Link galleries. All the artworks will be available to buy. If you are a Friend and would like to take part, please see the application forms on this page. If you are not a member but would like the chance to take part please click here to sign up as a Friend.

 

Friends Events

The FRWA regularly arrange trips, visits and talks to raise money to support the RWA. Many of these events can be found here

 

Join today

Single - £35

Joint - £50

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

Click here to sign up online. You can also 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 and mail to us. For any queries please contact the membership secretary on friends@rwa.org.uk

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

 

 

 

Friends Leaflet

Friends of the RWA Trips and Visits BOOKING FORMS

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