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RWA 168 Annual Open Exhibition

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Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road,, Clifton , Bristol BS8 1PX

The RWA's renowned Annual Open Exhibition returns for its 168th year with a stunning variety of work from emerging and established artists. This year 1833 artists submitted 3566 works of art. This is a record number. A selection panel assesses every entry and this year over 600 works made it into the final exhibition.

Exhibiting Royal Society of Sculptors members:

Always popular with art lovers, last year’s spectacular exhibition attracted over 10,000 visitors. This year's Annual Open includes work by our invited artists Rebecca Salter PRA and Frank Bowling OBE RA, as well as RWA Academicians and a huge variety of professional and amateur artists from across the UK and beyond.

This dynamic and varied exhibition invites painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation and mixed media submissions and is a showcase of some of the most exciting artists from across the country and beyond. 

All work is for sale, making the Annual Open a perfect opportunity to discover new artists or invest in well-known names.  Although we can't open to the public at present, all artworks are available for purchase.

This year's selectors included RWA Academicians Fiona Robinson PRWA, Ros Ford, Seyed Edalatpour, Andrew Muñoz and Wendy Elia, alongside artist and gallerist Zavier Ellis, writer and curator Anna McNay and Bridget Riley Art Foundation Curator at the British Museum Isabel Seligman.