The Royal West of England Academy’s 162nd Annual Open Exhibition

Submissions open for the South West’s largest open exhibition; The Royal West of England Academy’s 162nd Annual Open Exhibition.

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Artists from all over the country are invited to submit their work, for consideration for the South West’s largest Annual Open Exhibition, which opens on the 12th October at the Royal West of England Academy.

A selection of works from the hugely successful 161 Annual Exhibition which saw over 2200 pieces of work submitted DSC_1736

A selection of works from the hugely successful 161 Annual Exhibition which saw over 2200 pieces of work submitted

Following the runaway success of last year’s open exhibition, we are pleased to announce that this year’s submissions are now open.

The exhibition now in its 162nd year attracts submissions from local, national and international artists alike, including entries from Academician’s such as last year’s Threadneedle Prize winner Lisa Wright RWA, Richard Long RWA and Anthony Whishaw RWA. Alongside these established artists you can also see entries from art’s rising stars, which last year included the Independent’s 2007 one to watch Aisling Hedgecock. We also welcome entries from students and emerging artists encouraging artists of all ages to apply.

Artists are encouraged to submit a maximum of 3 recent works, via a dedicated website and the first round of selection takes place online with a final results day at the Academy in September.

Last year the exhibition had over 15,000 visitors to the exhibition, where all the work is for sale with prices starting from just £25 providing the perfect opportunity for arts enthusiasts and collectors to discover the stars of the future.

This year’s selection panel includes RWA Academicians Janette Kerr PRWA, Stephen Jacobson RWA, Jason Lane RWA and James Beale RWA with three special guest selectors to be announced shortly.

 We are pleased to announce that this year’s prizes include:

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The Affordable Art Fair You Choose Award

£800 awarded to the public’s choice – vote for your favourite artwork

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Evolver Wessex Cover Artist Award

Front cover of Evolver magazine’s Jan-Feb 2015 issue

Evolver Wessex Artist Award

Feature article in Evolver magazine’s Jan-Feb 2015 issue

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Consumer Intelligence Watercolour First Prize £250 cash

Consumer Intelligence Watercolour Second Prize £150 cash

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Redcliffe Press Photography Award

Selection of six art books published by Sansom & Co / Redcliffe Press from their recent catalogue.

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St Cuthberts Mill Work on Paper Award

20 sheets of Saunders Waterford 300gsm worth £75

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New Creations Coaching Emerging Artist Award

£240 worth of creative consulting with New Creations Coaching

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all our supporters including our prize givers.

Key submission info:

162 Annual Open Exhibition

  • Submissions open 2 June and close on 27 August 2014
  • All submissions must be made online at www.oss-rwa.org.uk
  • Painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, architecture and moving image submissions are all welcome
  • Artists are encouraged to submit recent work (produced within the last 3 years)
  • All works must be for sale with prices predominantly under £10,000
  • A maximum of 3 works may be submitted per applicant
  • Work cannot have been exhibited before at the RWA

For more images of last year’s exhibition please visit our Flickr site www.flickr.com/photos/rwapress/sets / 0117 973 5129 / www.rwa.org.uk

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